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"The Best News on Anna Maria Island Since 1992"
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School spent a day at
the Manatee County '
Historical Park in
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County 100 years ago. Y4
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County Historical .
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Red tide wafts
to Island shores
By Paul Roat
A whiff of red tide has reached Anna Maria Island
"It's really not that bad," Manatee County Marine
Rescue Chief Jay Moyles said Monday. "Lifeguards in
the towers said they have noticed some respiratory ir-
ritation, and there are a few dead fish that washed up
at high tide last night."
Moyles said no new fish had come ashore Monday,
which he said suggested that the Sunday storms may
have driven a pocket of the lingering offshore red tide
bloom closer to shore.
Red tide is caused by blooms of a tiny marine or-
ganism called a dinoflagellate. The microscopic plants
produce toxins that cause extensive fish kills, contami-
nate shellfish and can cause respiratory irritation to
Moyles said county workers were cleaning up the
fish Monday and would continue to do so as or if -
more fish washed ashore. Fish found on the beach were
mullet and some baitfish, he added.
"Red tide is an unfortunate incident that we can do
nothing about," said Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Executive Director Mary Ann Brockman.
"It's unfortunate that it has happened now, but it could
be gone tomorrow."
There has been a red tide bloom offshore of South-
PLEASE SEE RED TIDE, NEXT PAGE
Support art, kids
The community is invited to the annual "For Art's
Sake" silent auction/benefit/reception to be held from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at The Is-
lander newspaper office in the Island Shopping Cen-
ter, Holmes Beach. Art sales will again benefit the
Manatee High School art program.
The roster of artists who have donated their work
includes Woody Candish, Rhea Chiles, Sue Curry,
Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Carrie Price, Rob Reiber,
Richard Thomas and Joan Voyles and many more.
For information, call The Islander at 778-7978.
Volume 13, No. 17 March 2, 2005 FREE
By Rick Catlin
It may still be illegal to have outdoor dining at a
restaurant in Anna Maria, at least according to some
City commissioners at their Feb. 24 meeting were
prepared to pass the first reading of an ordinance clari-
fying the current interpretation of outdoor dining and
regulating outdoor entertainment.
Following a number of objections and suggestions,
however, the commissioned decided to make changes
to the draft ordinance and return it to the March 8 work-
shop agenda for further discussion.
The commission agreed on the new definition of a
restaurant and outdoor dining, but was divided on
whether or not the ordinance should prohibit arhplified
outdoor entertainment completely, or simply allow
those currently providing such entertainment to con-
tinue and halt any future activity.
Commissioner Duke Miller was originally ready to
prohibit all outdoor amplified music and loudspeakers.
"I'm saying prohibit all," he said.
"I'm hearing Sandbar music and I live four blocks
away. I don't think [residents] should be subjected to
that," he observed.
But Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was
reluctant to "shut off" something that's been a part ol
the city for many years. Eliminating all outdoor enter-
tainment is "too harsh." He added-that the city should
not restrict outdoor entertainment at new restaurants.
City Attorney Jim Dye suggested that the proposed
ordinance is not intended to overrule the city's noise
ordinance, and commissioners could add a warning thai
outdoor entertainment must conform to the noise brdi-
Commission Chairperson John Quam was opposed
to grandfatheringg" outdoor entertainment, but agreed
that all establishments should comply with the noise
Miller said he had no problem with that suggestion
as long as the city enforces the code.
Mayor SueLynn, however, noted that someone has
to first complain before code enforcement or law en-
forcement officers are involved.
Code enforcement was set up by a prior commis-
sion to be "reactive," she noted. The code enforcement
PLEASE SEE DINING, PAGE 2
the car wash
Anne Kinnan's class
at Anna Maria
washed cars and
had a great time -
Saturday at the.
Holmes Beach Pure
Station and raised
.more than $200for
victims. "Thanks to
all who donated," a
spokesperson for the
Kay Kay Hardy
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Red tide hits Island beaches
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
west Florida for several months now, with sporadic
reports of irritated throats by beachgoers on Anna
Maria Island of late.
Much of the bloom is concentrated farther south
than the Island, though.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in
St. Petersburg reported low counts of the microorgan-
ism in Tampa Bay and off Anna Maria Island, with
high counts in New Pass south of Longboat Key and
moderate counts off Venice. A separate bloom is near
the Florida Keys, according to the FWRI Web site.
Mote Marine Laboratory biologists, on the lab's
Web site Mote.com Monday, stated, "There is a bloom
of red tide near shore from Bradenton Beach to
Vanderbilt Beach near Naples. The bloom extends off-
shore for 50-plus miles in the lower regions. The con-
centrations range from very low to high. High concen-
trations have entered Sarasota Bay. Patchy fish kills
and irritation have been reported from Holmes Beach
to Bonita Beach. Irritation is high today due to high surf
and onshore winds."
Respiratory irritation caused by red tide is a
highly sporadic event, Moyles explained. Several
years ago there was a red tide bloom in Tampa Bay
that horseshoedd" around Anna Maria Island, caus-
ing breathing problems in Southern Pinellas County
and on Longboat Key but spared the Island any prob-
lems, he said. Similar but far more localized events
have occurred elsewhere, when one beach may be
stricken but another stretch of sand only a few miles
away was unscathed.
This week's red tide outbreak appears to be stron-
ger in the southern part of the Island, with reports of
irritated noses and coughing in Bradenton Beach and
only slight symptoms in Anna.Maria, according to
Red tide blooms have been documented in the Gulf
of Mexico since the mid-1800s. A particularly bad
bloom occurred in 1947. Another 18-month-long
bloom lingered off Southwest Florida in 1995-96.
Up-to-the-minute red tide updates for Manatee'
County are available by calling 745-3779.
FISH Preserve 'Shorty' gap closed
By Jim Hanson
The FISH Preserve in Cortez is a large step nearer
to a complete entity with the closing Monday on
"Shorty" Wilkerson's lots, thanks to the Feb. 19-20
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage bought
the three lots from Wilkerson for $160,000, the pur-
chase at least partially assured by proceeds from the
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival last month.
A final accounting of the festival's finances has not
been possible at this point, said FISH Treasurer Karen
Bell, because some vendors hadn't reported their re-
sults yet and a number of bills remain to be paid. But
there was plenty to get into Shorty's property.
That property is three lots at the northwest corner
of the Preserve, perhaps the largest hole in the comple-
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tion of the 95-acre natural area at the eastern edge of
Cortez. It stretches from Cortez Road to Sarasota Bay,
with some wooded uplands and large mangrove wet-
lands. Like the newest purchase, it was' financed by
fishing festivals in years past.
The Shorty property has a four-bedroom, two-bath
house, the only home built on the Preserve, which was
platted originally in the 1950s as the "Cramptons of
Cortez" subdivision. Only a few lots were sold, and
FISH will try to buy the 11 or so others still in private
FISH earlier offered to turn the house over to the
Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, which
has been in Bradenton Beach for two decades. Bell said
those arrangements are not finalized and Wildlife Inc.
owners Gail and Ed Straight apparently are consider-
ing the terms of the offer.
Quilt on tour
: -: Debbie Hudelson,
.right, of Bloomington,
Ind., makes her
purchase of a ticket
and a chance to win
Sthe colorful, hand-
made quilt displayed
Cal/lh. left, and
., Pricilla Seawald of
S.the Anna Maria Island
: Home Tour. The quilt
..w will be awarded the
"''' ._ .day of the tour, March
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Posters are also
offered for sale by
tour volunteers on
SSaturdays at Publix in
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THE ISLANDER M MARCH 2, 2005 U PAGE 3
Warrants were 'mistakes' say Phillips couple
By Rick Catlin
The outstanding warrants served on Roger and
Sherry Phillips of Bradenton Beach last week were
"mistakes," said Sherry Phillips, and all charges have
now been cleared.
The two were taken into custody by Bradenton
Beach Police Feb. 22 on an outstanding warrant from
Manatee County for Sherry Phillips and from Marion
County for Roger Phillips.
Sherry Phillips was released that evening while
Roger Phillips was released the next day after Sherry
Phillips paid Roger's outstanding fine on Feb. 23 and
Marion County issued an order canceling its prior war-
rant. The warrant was for an unpaid traffic fine to the
Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The warrant for Sherry Phillips involved a check
used to purchase goods at a Bradenton store and resti-
tution was made in December, she said. According to
Phillips, the error was corrected when she was inter.
viewed by MCSO deputies Feb. 22. Efforts to reach
prosecutor Glenn Reid of the state attorney's office in
Bradenton to confirm the error were unsuccessful by
Unfortunately, said Sherry, the resulting publicity
has really hurt them and their four children. The fam-
ily lost their Bradenton Beach apartment in a Feb. 10
fire, but the outpouring of Islanders in the form of cash
and donations allowed them to rent an apartment on
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
The couples' four children 8,7, 3 and 18 months
- have also-been affected, Sherry Phillips said.
Shirley Phillips of Plant City said she burst into
tears last Wednesday when she learned that her
son, Roger Phillips, had been arrested Feb. 22 in
Bradenton Beach on an outstanding warrant in
Marion County issued fouryears ago.
"He's a good person. He's really been getting
his life together, and moving to Anna Maria Island
was just great for him and the kids," said Mrs.
Phillips. "I just want the Island and the Islanders to
know how much he appreciates everything they've
done for him after the fire."
Roger Phillips, wife Sherry and their four chil-
dren, were left homeless in Bradenton Beach fol-
lowing a Feb. 10 apartment fire on Avenue C.
But the Island community and the American
Red Cross responded to keep Roger and his fam-
ily on the Island.
The Islander newspaper sponsored donations
and contributions 'from readers, and the West
Manatee Fire and Rescue firefighters gave $1,550
of their own money to ihe family.
People drive by their apartment and just stare at
them; she said.
The Islander spearheaded a drive that raised more
than $5,000 in cash and an estimated $5,000 in clothes,
toys, household goods and appliances to help the belea-
One week after the fire, the family had more
than $5,000 in cash in addition to large quantities
of clothes, toys, appliances, furnishings and other
household goods. They were able to move into a
semi-furnished apartment in Bradenton Beach on
Feb. 16, thanks largely to the generosity of the Is-
The outstanding warrant was for failure to pay
a traffic ticket in Ocala, she said. "That was
Roger's fault and he should have taken care of that.
"He's not a bad person. It's going to look bad
for the kids because they're still in school there, but
Roger and the kids think Anna Maria Island is just
a great place to live. This is over something that
happened four years ago."
She said Roger has been working as a chef for
the past few years and has really turned his life
"I really appreciate everything Islanders did
for them, especially the kids," said the distraught
Roger Phillips said he was considering hiring a
lawyer for possible legal action against The Islander for
reporting the arrests.
However, donations continued to pour in to The
Islander for the family last week, including cash, cloth-
ing and toys.
Dog-gone good ending
Penny, West Manatee Fire and Rescue's
K-9 fire and rescue dog the past seven
years, was retired from service Feb. 24
in a formal ceremony. She was replaced
by Rose Lee, a two-year-old lab donated
by Southeastern Guide Dogs. Penny was
given to WMFR Deputy Chief Kurt
Lathrop's son Daniel and his wife
Lindsay, who live at Fort Campbell, Ky.,
,where Penny will spend her retirement.
Retiring Penny from service were, from
left, Deputy Chief Brett Pollack of
WMFR, Deputy Chief Kurt Lathrop of
WMFR and Chief Dave Sheffield of East
Manatee Fire and Rescue. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Dining outside still illegal permitting of pile drivers used to establish holes in the
T, TT T ^ ,, A ground for a structural foundation.
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officer only acts upon a complaint, not when he or she
sees a violation.
Resident Judy Adams agreed that the city does not
enforce the current noise ordinance, while resident
John Mattick pointed out that "entertainment" could
refer to having a few clowns at a kid's birthday party
outdoors at a restaurant. He did not think the city
wanted to restrict such activity and commissioners
The consensus was to have Dye rewrite the outdoor
entertainment section of the ordinance to ensure com-
pliance with the noise ordinance, allow for future ac-
tivity at an existing location, and return the ordinance
with changes to the March 8 workshop. Presently, only
the Sandbar and the City Pier restaurants have outdoor
entertainment. Dye said he would work on "options"
for that section of the ordinance.
The commission also agreed to drop the require-
ment to have restaurants with outdoor dining bring in
all tables and chairs every evening.
Under the proposed ordinance, those restaurants
with outdoor dining at present would be allowed to
continue, while new establishments would have to
meet site plan requirements.
Until a new restaurant ordinance is passed, outdoor
dining in Anna Maria may still be illegal under the
current definition of a restaurant.
Any proposed ordinance must still pass a first and
second reading before becoming effective.
The commission passed an ordinance providing for
Contractors have to post a $1.5 million bond, and
are subject to paying claims from nearby residents that
suffer property damage as a result of the pile driving
action. A permit would cost $500 and the city could
shut down any pile driver that is operating illegally.
No contractor objected to the ordinance and it
The commission unanimously approved the first
reading of an ordinance to opt out of the Manatee
County Supervisor of Elections plan for cities to hold
early voting in non-presidential election years. Anna
Maria will remain part of the SOE early voting plan in
future national elections.
The SOE will not conduct early voting in Novem-
ber 2005 because it is moving to a new building, and .
it gave municipalities the option of conducting their
own early voting at city expense. All three Island
cities have declined the invitation.
Commissioners also agreed to an ordinance estab-
lishing policies and procedures for paying compensa-
tion during the term of elected officials, and approved
Randall Stover to a seat on the planning and zoning
The commission also approved a contract with
certified city planner Alan Garrett of Sarasota for $90
per hour to review the site plan applications from the
Sandbar restaurant and the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center. Garrett will forward his reports to the plan-
ning and zoning board when complete. Costs for
Garrett's services will be forward to the applicants for
payment, the mayor said.
Anna Maria City
March 2, 6:45 p.m., Environmental Education and En-
hancement Committee meeting.
March 3, 6 p.m., special city commission meeting on
March 8, 6 p.m., comprehensive plan review commit-
Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, 708-6130.
March 3, city commission meeting. Agenda: Pier dis-
cussion, community redevelopment agency appoint-
ments, anch age committee appointments, mission
statement discussion, Trust For Public Land discussion
and commission reports.
March 8, 1 p.m., scenic highway committee meeting.
March 8, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
March 9, 5 p.m., citizen advisory committee on com-
prehensive plan committee meeting.
March 10, 3 p.m., city commission work session meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 2, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee
March 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting with work
session to immediately follow.
March 7,7 p.m., planning commission scoping meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall,.5801 Marina Drive,
Mother is 'thankful' for Island, Islanders
PAGE 4 U MARCH 2, 2005 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria code
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller
wants the commission to discuss the current "reactive
only" policy on code enforcement and has asked Com-
mission Chairperson John Quam to place the issue on
the next worksession agenda.
Miller was somewhat surprised to learn at the Feb.
24 commission meeting that except for traffic tickets
and garbage cans in the streets, code enforcement was
strictly "reactive" to complaints.
Mayor SueLynn pointed out that was a prior com-
mission decision and she was only following that direc-
tive. The commission, she noted, can always change its
policy, but the hours for the part-time code enforce-
ment officer Gerry Rathvon were reduced from 24
hours per week to 16 hours when the current budget
was approved. Proactive code enforcement would re-
quire more "man-hours" per week.
Miller said he wanted to "clarify" the issue and
cited several recent situations relative to the Sandbar
restaurant. He emphasized that this discussion "in no
way should be construed as leveling criticism toward
the Sandbar or its management," but he was using those
instances to "enhance my understanding of the city's
policy with regard to code enforcement."
He cited a May 2003 complaint sent to Rathvon
about the Sandbar's tent used for a wedding and recep-
tion, turtle lighting, fire batons on the beach, special
events and use of the city easement. Rathvon said the
complaint was "abated" as the Sandbar was removing
Sthe tent after each use.
Miller said two critical issues are the lack of a spe-
cial event permit for the wedding and why did Rathvon
Join the fight, relay against cancer
Cancer survivors Bob Raisch, Bob Jones and Don Maloney of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club-join
survivor Nancy Ambrose for a photo. Ambrose spoke at the club's meeting about the upcoming cancer "Relay
for Life." The event, a walking relay, will be May 20 at the Holmes Beach city hall complex to celebrate local
cancer survivors. Interested participants should register at The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive;
Holmes Beach, or call Ambrose at 518-4431.
"choose to abate the complaint," which was made July
"Clearly, the receptions have continued unabated,"
continued Miller and the tent now seems to be perma-
nently placed on the beach.
He added that city code appears to prevent such
"beach \~eddings" without a special event permit.
Miller contended that during the fall of 2004, two
tents were up at the Sandbar for t\ o separate but simul-
taneous weddings and receptions, yet the Sandbar did
not apply for a special event permit for either occasion.
"This is an instance where the agreed-to proce-
dures were not followed by the restaurant, yet no: fur-
ther enforcement action was taken by the city," he said.
He wondered if each violation at the Sandbar re-
quires another complaint and does the addition of a
second tent at the restaurant also require a separate
Miller asked SueLynn to provide answers to his
questions as soon as possible.
Everyone's invited to our
Featuring the donated work of top
area artists to benefit the art program at ,
Manatee High School, and including a
student art display and sale.
It's great fun, great art, and you're invited!
5:30-7:30 pm Wednesday March 2
Silent auction and special sale of MHS student works and reception hosted by
The Islander newspaper, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Info: 778 7978
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 2, 2005 E PAGE 5
Turtle store folding, director absent
Validating an old business adage, relocation of the
store and education center established by Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch is proving fatal. The store is shut-
ting down effective March 21.
It had been doing reasonably well at its original
location in the Island Shopping Center in Holmes
Beach, but moved to Bradenton Beach last July to a
location where the rent was $300 a month less than in
At the time of the move, Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox told some of her volunteers and her landlord in the
shopping center that the "deal to move was too good to
pass up," adding the new space was "free."
"Business has dropped since the move" in July
2004, said manager Linda Kapisak, who confirmed the
rent at the Bradenton Beach location was $600 per
month. "Remember, the three most important things in
business are location, location and location. It was good
at the (Holmes Beach) storefront, where there was a lot
of pedestrian traffic. But there's nothing like that here
in Bradenton Beach."
Kapisak said they had about 100 customers a day
before the move. Business was very good there, she
said, and "we were self-sustaining."
"Business is off [in Bradenton Beach] about 50
percent. We can't survive as a destination. It's pretty
good right now, because we're selling off our stock at
50 percent off."
Fox could not be reached for comment she has
been crewing on a trawler headed for Central America and
looking into marine turtle matters via "long distance."
She reportedly plans to continue the organization's
basic task, monitoring the beaches of Anna Maria Is-
Basket weaving workshop
at Center next week
A two-day workshop in basket weaving is
scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and
Wednesday, March 8-9, at the Anna Maria Is-
land Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Artisan Pam McMillen will direct the-work-
shop, as well as a similar session April 4-5. Cost
is $55 for members, $60 for nonmembers. De-
tails are available at 778-1908.
The soon-to-be-closed turtle store in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Jo Ann Meilner
land during the six-month sea turtle nesting season
starting in May.
Other members of Turtle Watch declined to com-
ment, saying they were told that nobody was permitted
to speak for the organization but Fox.
The Islander learned that the board voted in De-
cember to close the store, but waited until late Febru-
ary to announce its plans.
Mum's the word
Last week Turtle Watch director Suzi Fox blasted
the Sandbar restaurant with alleged "violations" of
turtle-protection ordinances in a letter to the Anna
Maria building official.
Sandbar owner Ed Chiles vehemently denied Fox's
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allegations and a review of 2002-04 Islander stories
confirmed no violations at the Sandbar.
Fox alleged that her board members had relayed to
her while she is traveling their "concerns" over the
Sandbar site plan. The Sandbar's site plan includes
building renovations to allow the facility to come into
compliance with the Americans with Disablilities Act.
"My board has been following developments with
the site plan for the Sandbar restaurant," Fox said.
"They've been relaying some concerns with modifica-
tions that are being considered on the grounds of the
business. I am developing serious concerns as well."
AMITW's two board members, Debbie Basilius
and Ed Sterba did not return messages left for them by
The Islander regarding the Sandbar. Basilius, who was
contacted regarding the store closure, said she was in-
structed by Fox not to comment to the press.
E-mails sent to Fox resulted in no response.
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The tourists are coming!
The ranchers are coming!
Traffic on Anna Maria Island roads and leading to
and from the Island has been congested recently, and
it's not just about events or happenings in the community.
Although the very popular fishing festival in Cortez
contributed to traffic woes two weekends ago, consider-
ing the debacles of the past, this year's festival traffic was
mild and that may be largely due to the efficient trolley
shuttles from remote parking Coquina Beach and 75th
Street at Cortez Road.
Without a festival, church sale, flea market or art
show the past weekend, traffic was about the same -
very heavy which prompted the thought that maybe
it's "Lakewood Ranch Week on Anna Maria Island."
After all, as lovely as the country atmosphere of
Lakewood Ranch may be, folks aren't moving out there
to play on the Interstate they want to play, just like
everyone else, on the beach and in the Intracoastal.
They have boats to trailer to the waterways. They
need to launch their boats and park their trucks, SUVs and
such, and trailers. They have kids who want to surf. They
like sunsets and a walk on the beach. They like tasting
Island-style cuisine at our restaurants, shopping at beach-
style stores, and looking-at Island real estate for invest-
They have relatives and friends living here or they're
just looking for an escape from east county living for the
Whatever the reason or season, the growth out east is -
not just out east it comes to the beach.
And it doesn't only affect traffic, the beach or the
It affects our infrastructure and the Island cities are
going to need to be creative and persistent in looking for
funding to keep up with paving roads, maintaining the
beach facilities and parks, providing for more and inno-
vative opportunities to provide open space not to men-
No one on Anna Maria Island seems to want to em-
brace change, but nearly everyone wants progress.
Let's face it, every year more and more people move
to the Island and to the Manatee County area. It's attrac-
tive. It's Florida. There's fresh-squeezed oranges, Major
League Baseball, beaches, sunny days and radiant sun-
sets, and all those things we dream about in "Paradise."
There's a great cheeseburger or grouper sandwich
almost everywhere you turn. There's very little to fear and
tourism seems to be returning to pre-9/11 levels.
Face it, Anna Maria Island we are the reason. We
are the attraction. We no longer can call it "our little se-
Now we need only to embrace it and deal with it.
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Snowbirds not the only birds
I applaud Tom Mayer of Longboat Key for his re-
cently published opinion letter in The Islander regard-
ing our "exotic trees" on the islands.
I presented that question "What about the birds?"
to the panel that held the "Truth About Trees" forum
in Holmes Beach.
I am pleased that more than a few of us "locals"
find that to be a valid and ongoing concern.
When my family came to Anna Maria Islard in
1965, there was a sign on the north side of the cause-
way which read "Anna Maria Island is a bird sanctu-
ary." Anyone know'what happened to that-sign?
As our Island cities continue in their vertical devel-
opment, tree habitat is a poignant issue. Once our
snowbirds return home, our local birds remain year
round as do we locals.
We have cohabitated successfully with the flora
and fauna for many years and y are as important to
this Island paradise as the commerce it woos.
I embrace Mr. Mayer's learned opinion that we
must proceed with caution in removing these trees and
not allow the proliferation of one to cause the extinc-
tion of the other.
Marsha Lindsey, S.T.O.P., Anna Maria
Outdoor restaurant commentary:
What a joke!
Reporters and columnists at our mainland daily
newspaper have a favorite sport when they're bored
and can't be bothered to find.real news. Its called:
"Trash the Island."
A so-called "columnist" in the Feb. 27 issue of that
rag gave Anna Maria residents and city commissioners
a solid beating over the issue of outdoor restaurant seat-
He said "What a joke" that outdoor dining violates
the law in Anna Maria and that's "the City of Anna
Maria for you."
This particular columnist must have gone to the
Mark Twain School of Journalism, if he went at all.
That's where you learn to "Never let the facts get in the
way of a good story."
The truth is that the restaurant ordinance does not
prohibit outdoor dining, it's just vague on the issue,
according to the city attorney. The city commission,
therefore, has resolved to write a new ordinance that
will "clearly" permit outdoor dining.
He said people in. Anna Maria behave like the
city is some private exclusive enclave and it makes
one wonder which planet these commissioners live
Well, old buddy, maybe it's the same one you live
He claims the city is trying to put a noise ordinance
violation on the Sandbar restaurant and eliminate out-
door entertainment. In truth, at the Feb. 24 Anna Maria
commission meeting, commissioners were in favor of
retaining outdoor dining.
The column was filled with errors, omissions, big-
otry and anti-Anna Maria opinions, but that's what the
mainland newspaper has been writing about this Island
ever since Islanders objected to the Perico-Arvida site
plan approval, an approval that was led by Bradenton
Mayor Wayne Poston, a former editor of the newspa-
per that shall go unnamed. Gee, think there's any nepo-
This particular writer should get his facts straight
before he puts his head where the sun don't shine.
The guy couldn't write his way out of a third-grade
language arts class. He knows as much about journal-
ism as I do about rocket science. He might bother to
clear his brain long enough to write something other
than a list of birthdays, or something meaningful.
Funny, but I never see this columnist, or any other
columnist at the ferret newspaper, trash the City of
Bradenton. I wonder why?
Get a grip, pal.
Fredrick Peffer, Anna Maria Island
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'Absent' Anna Maria voice returns
By Rick Catlin
Just like Jason in the Friday the 13th movies, "he's
Rick DeFrank, a long-time critic of Anna Maria
government and commissions, had been absent from
commission and committee meetings for a number of
months, but returned Feb. 23 at the capital improve-
ments advisory committee meeting.
Chef's 'World of Food'
comes to library
Chef, author and TV guide for gourmets Joe Evans
will bring his robust charm and humor to the Island
Tuesday, March 8, when he heads the program in the
Friends of the Island Branch Library Lecture Series.
He will speak at 2 p.m. at the library, 5701 Ma-
rina Drive, Holmes Beach. The series is free and
open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-
Evans was chef at Euphemia Haye restaurant on
Longboat Key for 12 years and at the Longboat Key
Club before becoming a showman/chef on Carnival
cruise ships and demonstration chef for Beall's Depart-
ment Stores, positions he continues to fill. He said he
plans a European tour this summer, including eight
shows on Danish television.
:He has published the book "Chef Joe's Most Re-
Other events on the program at the library:
Monday, March 7-21, Internet class for beginners
(advance registration required, phone 778-6341), 8:30
Wednesday, March 9, Friends Book Club, 10:30
Friday, March 11, Friends of the Library board
meeting, 10 a.m.
The library opens at 10 a.m. daily except Sunday
and closes at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Details may be obtained by calling 778-6341.
A clearly unhappy DeFrank wanted answers and
explanations. He said he has written a letter to the city
asking why the two top priority projects approved by
the city commission in January 2004 were never begun.
Those were a drainage project on North Shdre Drive
and another on Pine Avenue. The projects came from
the CIAC list, he said, but somebody has "dropped the
"Nothing has been done," he claimed. Why didn't
Baskerville-Donovan Inc., the city's engineering firm,
immediately proceed with plans and permits?
"I don't know who else to ask except you,"
DeFrank told the committee, bypassing the mayor and
city commission. "We're in the dark" about what hap-
pened, he said.
Tom Wilcox of BDI, who attended the meeting,
agreed that $50,000 had been budgeted by the city to
begin design and permitting on these projects, but in
September 2004 the commission told BDI to "cease
The commission, he said,, wanted to use that money
toward the $135,000 it needed for a matching funds
grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management
District for drainage projects.
City Commissioner Duke Miller, the commission
liaison to the CIAC, agreed with Wilcox that the com-
mission had halted work on those two projects.
But DeFrank wasn't satisfied, claiming even
though the commission may have halted the projects,
no work was done for eight months after the commis-
sion directed BDI to get started. Somebody, he alleged,
wanted to make sure those two projects were never
"This is public money," he said, and between Janu-
ary 2004 and September 2004, nobody did anything.
"Who dropped the ball? What happened?" exclaimed
DeFrank. "Apparently, you don't have an answer and
I'd still like.one. I'd like a formal response," he con-
DeFrank did not indicate if he would attend,the
next city commission meeting to seek answers.
Mayor SueLynn could not be reached for com-
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Anna Maria P&Z to hear ad hoc recommendations
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria's comprehensive plan review commit-
tee has tentatively scheduled a joint work session with
the city's planning and zoning board for March 15. The
purpose of the meeting is for ad hoc members to
present their recommendations for updating the Future
Land Use Map and comp plan...
Members Doug Copeland, Chuck White, Charles
Canniff and Suzanne Douglas have been working.with-
facilitator Tony Arrant to identifying issues since June.
They met last week to organize their presentation to the
Canniff said he anticipates the first meeting with
the P&Z to be lengthy and suspects that the FLUM will
generate a lot of discussion.
"If we get through the FLUM the first night we'll
do well," he said. "It will take alot of explaining to do."
Copeland said he still had second thoughts about
one of the zoning changes made by the group. By con-
sensus, the ad hoc committee chose to change the com-
mercial zoning of a lot owned by Anthony Manali Sr.
to residential on the FLUM. The basis for this decision
came from information given to the committee by a
neighboring property owner. The property is adjacent
to the Sandbar restaurant and is leased to the restaurant.
Its current use is parking.
"I'm not comfortable making zoning changes with-
out the property owner actually expressing the desire
for the rezone themselves," said Copeland.
At an ad hoc meeting in early February, Copeland
expressed this same concern and requested, with the
agreement of the other committee members, that the
property owner of the lot in question be notified and
given the opportunity to address the committee in per-
son or in writing.
Having not heard from the Manalis, Copeland said
he was uncomfortable presenting a recommendation to
the P&Z that included the commercial-to-residential
zone change on the FLUM.
White.said he would hate to see the committee ar-
bitrarily make that zoning change and suggested com-
mercial blocks be left as commercial blocks and let the
city commission grant land-use variances if desired.
"I wish you'd made these comments when we
changed the map," huffed Canniff. "We took six
months to do it and all agreed upon it then. I would like
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Douglas noted that she has brought up the issue
several times and had suggested a change to a retail-
office-residential designation instead.
"What I disagree ith is the process. We spun. our
wheels for six months." Cannift continued. "I don't dis-
agree with the merit of the argument, but the process. I
don't agree with letting us go back and change things."
Douglas said she agreed the committee shouldn't
go back and revisit every decision made but stated that
the committee should rethink how it made decisions.
Some of the decisions made include eliminating R-
2 (duplex) zoning, changing some properties along
Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue from commercial to resi-
dential at the property owners' request, and designat-
ing Pine Avenue as an ROR district.
"We've come to the end, we've seen it through, it
seems a little late," said an exasperated Canniff. "What
are we recommending to the P&Z a mish-mosh of
I-don't-knows or recommendations? I don't want to be
seen as a wishy-washy panel that couldn't come up
with a recommendation."
Copeland said he was in favor of everything else
the committee recommended with the exception of the
Canniff stated that if the committee plans to change
the recommendation it should be done before proceed-
ing to the P&Z presentation, or else proceed by present-
ing the issue as one the committee is undecided upon
and seek board input.
Woodland said he was comfortable with the group
consensus. "I know the issue will come up to the P&Z and
city commission regardless of what you and I decide."
Arrant said he would like to present the P&Z with
a display of the committee's work progression on the
FLUM by mounting the evolving map on poster board,
however, all the members' maps were misplaced dur-
ing the move from the city's temporary offices at Island
Baptist Church to city hall.
Arrant said the individual maps and interim maps
used in their decision making are most important and
have not yet been located.
Another issue the committee anticipates receiving
input on is the number of habitable floors that should
be allowed in the ROR district.
Copeland pointed out that there are only two hab-.
itable floors allowed in any district in the city. Wood-
land said there have been questions about why ROR
units should be limited to one story of living space
above a ground-floor commercial unit.
"I don't see how a single-family home being two
floors instead of one floor would have. an impaction den-
sity and intensity," admitted Woodland. "I've thought
about it and admit I don't understand. I'mnnot;ayingI'm
right, I just don't understand ho\\ a single-family home
being one floor or two affects density and intensity'."
Woodland said restricting the residential over com-
mercial to one floor is too restrictive. He, admitted he
would vote against splitting three stories between resi-
dential and commercial (1.5 floors each'i '"a day long"
because, for one, the additional half floor of:commer-
cial would.require more parking and impact intensity.
Canniff, on the other hand, said he didn't understand
allowing one district,to ha' e three habitable floors when
the remaininin city districts are restricted to two.'
-A final issue the committee anticipates drawing
discussion is its recommendation to eliminate the R-2
district. With that decision the committee came to a
consensus for six units per acre, which would allow for
50-foot-wide lots and no duplexes...
The committee expressed. its wishes that 50-foot-
wide lots be limited to sifigle-family use for existing
lots platted before 1990, and new lots must be 75-feet
Members also volunteered to re\t rite specific sec-
tions of the comprehensive plan, which will also be
presented to the P&Z board.
Canniff updated the housing element, while
Copeland was assigned to infrastructure. Webb was
assigned the coastal and conservation element, while
White did double duty, writing the elements-for both
recreation and open space and capital improvements.
Douglas was given the intergovernmental coordination
Arrant agreed to write the elements for traffic, pub-
lic participation, monitoring and evaluation.
The P&Z will hold a public hearing on the plan and
forward its recommendations to the city commission,
which is to hold another public hearing before adoption.
The revised plans and code updates were supposed
to be submitted to the Florida Department of Commu-
nity Affairs in March 2005, but the process has fallen
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By Diana Bogan
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission contin-
ued to discuss proposed changes to the land develop-
ment code prepared by city planner Bill Brisson.
Brisson has outlined work he believes needs to be
done for each section of the LDC. This includes add-
ing a purpose and intent statement for each section.
At its Feb. 23 meeting, planning commissioners
reviewed permits and development approval. Among
the recommendations made are clarifying who must
certify documents, clearly stating that site plan reviews
require a public hearing, limiting stormwater runoff
during construction, and defining the time limit work
can continue once a building permit is issued.
Time limitations for building permits garnered a lot
of attention from planning commissioners. Currently, the
LDC does not appear to place any limit on how long per-
mitted work can continue. Holmes Beach Public Works
Clerk Sue Lonzo said typically contractors who drag out
a project are in the minority, but the city does get com-
plaints about small remodeling projects that linger on.
"Most builders want to get the project done and
move on to the next one," Lonzo said. "And it's cur-
rently up to the building official's discretion to allow
a project extension."
Lonzo said that state building codes give adminis-
trative authority for building departments to impose a
fee for an extension.
Brisson provided the commission with an example
of the limits set by the Town of Palm Beach and after
some discussion the commission decided to break
down the type of permits into four categories with dif-
ferent time limits.,
They plan to recommend an 18-month time limit
from the date the permit is issued to complete a single-
family or duplex project. Brisson said he would come
.back to the commission with recommendations for
small commercial, large commercial and residential
projects of three or more units after some research.
S Commissioners agreed that a time limit is a good
idea unless there are mitigating circumstances, such as
difficulty obtaining materials or financial constraints.
"I don't want to be overly restrictive," said Chair-
person Sue Normand, "but also keep in mind neighbors
don't want to keep looking at a construction site."
Commission member Mike McCaleb suggested
they consider recommending the building department
have the authority to grant one 90-day extension at a
fee of 10 percent of the original permit cost.
"It may make contractors commit to a schedule, not
just work on Island time," he said.
Commission member Gary Hickerson said he was
also concerned about placing time limits on projects
with approved site plans that remain vacant lots, such
as the Tidemark development.
Hickerson suggested that perhaps a time limit
should begin once demolition on a site takes place
rather than the start of new construction.
Other commissioners agreed with Hickerson's
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point of view. Norman questioned whether there
wasn't already something requiring a property from
becoming a neighborhood eyesore.
"The trouble is, people are allowed to have vacant
lots," advised Brisson. "Keeping it maintained is a code
issue not a land development issue, and 'kept' doesn't
necessarily mean 'pretty."'
"I don't know how to [better regulate it], but you
can't just degrade a property and leave it," Hickerson
Brisson agreed to look into the commission's con-
cerns and provide suggestions at a future meeting.
The planning commission will continue to discuss
the LDC at its March 24 meeting.
Some of the issues up for debate include when
variance orders become effective when rendered or
when filed, with the court? Should variances to height
limitations be prohibited? And, should the "hardship"
criteria to obtain a variance be changed to one of "prac-
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Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria, took time out Sunday for some picture taking
around his property at the Gulf end of Spring Avenue. He also shared the photos with city officials, making his
point "in regards to the flooding that we continually incur on and around our property." With several inches
of rain reported in the area, Chiles focused on "the two dedicated city beach access points at the end of Pine
(shown above) and Spring avenues, as well as Spring Lane.and Magnolia Avenue, which were severely
flooded, as were the Sandbar parking lots and Spring Avenue (pictured below). Chiles has proposed a solution
to the problem that involves swapping some rights of way, drainage swales and brick pathways which will be
considered at a future city meeting.
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Longboat home, garden tour Saturday
Longboat Key's 30th Home and Garden Tour will
show four homes, "each of them outstanding," from 2
to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, with tickets available at
Chairing the event is Joan Webster, who said the
four homes are "really outstanding," and said refresh-
ments at Joan M. Durante Park will be a special feature
of the tour.
On the tour are the homes of Tom and Beverly
Porter, 600 Birdie Lane; Robert Kreilick, 3451 Bayou
Sound in Bay Isles; Michael and Carl Cheek, 5541
Gulf of Mexico Drive; and Michael and Barbara
Gurchiek, 6473 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The Longboat
Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive, will be
part of the tour.
In charge of hostesses at the homes are Jane Shea
and Pat Loy. Handling the refreshments at Durante
Park will be Janet Lendrihas, Ellen Shields and Mable
The tour is sponsored annually by the Longboat
Key Garden Club, which puts the proceeds into college
scholarships, beautification projects, and Camp
Wekiva for youngsters.
Tickets are $15, and chairperson Betty Sponaugle
said they are available, at two locations on Anna Maria
Island AMI West, 9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
and Dee's Boutique, 3328 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
On Longboat, tickets may be purchased at Exit
Art, 201 and 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD); BP
service station, 400 GMD; Susan Stribling, 2 Avenue
of the Flowers; Sea Stable, 3170 GMD; Gary's of
Longboat Key Salon, 5610 GMD; Whitney Beach
Plaza; Longboat Key Liquors; 6852 GMD; Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce, 6980 GMD; and
Longboat Creations Florist, 6834 GMD.
Additional information may be obtained at 387-
8142 and 383-1567.
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Anna NMria Island \\ ill be the unclntesteed star of
Nlanatee Count, Heritage.Dam- Saturday. Nlarch 5,
\, ith a full dj 's program of music, parades, entertain-
ment, food and histoi\
It will be the Islnds day in the sun o:fFlorida his-
tory, designated Anna Maria Island Heritage Da.\ ion
the calendar of the 2ith anl-a-l celebration which h this
Near \\ ill note the c:unt','- 150th birthd.\.
The count, \ ide obser ance is spons:red by the
Mala-atee Heritage Ansociation and the Icland'' special
e\ent is arranged b) the Anna Mlaria Island Historical
Society It will be centered at the (0ocieiy's museum and
headquarters. iat 402 Pine Ave. in Anna Maria. Admis-
sion is fiee
Carol ne Norwood, director of the society and the
museum. sid the free trolley\ will run up and down.
Magnolia Avenue for the day, as well as the length of
the Island, and she strongly recommends that
festivalgoers park elsewhere and ride the trolley.
Pine Avenue will be closed from Crescent Drive to
Tarpon Street for the celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vendors will line the street with a great variety of arts,
crafts, foods and diversions. Tours of the museum will
be offered, with historical society members in period
At "10 o'clock sharp," Norwood emphasized, a
ribbon \% ill be cut to- officially open the fe-tit al and the
ne%\l\ retrestored Belle HaI en General Store.
The Bell Ha\en Preser\ation Jazz Band \ ill play
until 11 a.m.. \ hen a decorated bike parade \\ ill be in,.
toutngsters of all age" rolling d:,\\ n Pine Avenue, and
prizes to be gi\en for the best job on decorations
Danielle Hlllbaugp \ ill sing from I to 2 p.m. on
Sthe porch of the museum. She is a Manatee High
School student \\ ho earned se\en supenor l atings at the
\ inter chorus and ensemrbles music festival at Fort
-\ emii-Iorganized pet parade will begin at the
museum at 2 p.m., \\ ith i ners encouraged to bring
their hopeful\ \\ell-beha'.ed pets on leashes for this
feature. Coltumies are optional. but prizes are a sure
thing for \ winners.
The Hobbits musical group of talented and enthu-
siastic youngsters will play from 3 to 4 p.m. on the
front porch of the museum.
Additional details may be obtained by calling the
museum at 778-0492.
As for the rest of the county, there will be tours and
celebrations at many historic sites throughout March,
with the Cortez Historic Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. March 25-26 listed in the official program as the
premier event of that weekend.
Religious art show
The Island's second annual Religious Art & Arti-
facts Show is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March
4, and its sponsor is seeking religious items for display.
All Island Denominations said Anna Maria Island-
ers are asked to go through their personal collections
and bring any suitable items to the show. It will be at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
An exhibit may have "just about anything pertain-
ing to religion," said a spokesperson, including art,
artifacts, memorabilia, symbols, jewelry, "not limited
to Christian items but open to all religions."
Those joining the exhibit are to bring their items to
the church hall by 5 p.m. to arrange their display and
take them away after the show. Each is to provide an
index card with the exhibitor's name and "something
about the articles on display."
The exhibit will be open to the public free of
charge, said AID, a cooperative effort of all of the
Island's churches. Details are available at 778-1638
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The Island's premier musical organization will
present its final concert in a double feature Sunday,
March 20, once on the Island and once in downtown
Bradenton b\ special invitation.
The Island concert by the Anna Maria Island Com-
.munity Choru, and Orchestra will be at 2 p.m. at its
regular stand, Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive,
.Ailnn Maria, aiid the do% ntio\ n pieenatiuion will be at
7 p.m. at the Firrt Unried Nlethodist Chirch, 603 11th
St. W. The latter ppeirance will be the March coi, ei I
of the church's Fine Arts Community Music Series.
Both aie openly t; the public free of charge. \ ithia
$15 donation ,,geesied Sejitng i., on a first-come,
first-seated basis and early arrival is recommended by
Longtime Island conductor Alfred Gershfeld will
conduct the orchestra and chorus. Choral director Jay
Kimpel and associate conductor Donald Thompson
Both appearances are dedicated to the memory of
the conductor's father, David Gershfeld of Bradenton,
who died earlier this year at 94. Born in the Ukraine,
he was founder and director of the Moldova Music
Conservatory and Moldova Opera, head of the compos-
ers' union there, and director of the Russian Philhar-
On the program will be works by Bach, Albinoni,
Corelli, Vivaldi and Carissimi. Guest artist guitarist
Jeff Dymek and Lesley Jones, orchestra principal obo-
ist, will be instrumental soloists. Keyboard artist Rob-
ert Winslow will be soloist in "Adagio for Strings and
Organ" by Albinoni and will be featured in harpsichord
parts during the concert.
The chorus will sing several hymns from the Rus-
sian liturgy that traditionally are sung a capella.
"Jephthah," which Giacomo Carissimi composed
around 1650, will be the centerpiece of the concert, fea-
turing orchestra, chorus and soloists Lorraine Murphy-
Renfroe, soprano; Robert Lischetti, tenor; and Douglas
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Anna Maria P&Z's 'friendly' meeting
They met, they chatted, they saw, they heard, they
did little to nothing.
The meeting billed for the review of the expansion
plans for the Anna Maria Island Community Center
was not the official hearing that was anticipated.
Due to the lack of notice for the meeting, the hear-
ing became a workshop and those who attended to
present plans and findings were allowed to make pre-
sentations, but it wasn't a hearing.
The commission discussed some of their "issues,"
but hesitated short of reviewing their "findings."
Expert "witnesses" gave reports and answered
questions, but it wasn't official.
It was just a friendly get-together an "informa-
tion meeting" for the board, the applicant, the city's
engineer and planner.
P&Z Chairman Chris Collins announced there.
would not be an opportunity for "a lot of public input.
We're just trying to get ourselves organized."
Project architect Jerry Zoller was welcomed to the
podium, where he asked, "Why are we here?"
He indicated the city had received all the informa-
tion relevant to the site plan and took his seat.
Chairman Collins attempted to move on to the
city's engineering report from Tom Wilcox of
Baskerville-Donovan, but Zoller interjected, "May I
first have an answer?"
Chiles III out of
Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, brother of Island restau-
rateur Ed Chiles, is dropping out of the 2006 race to
succeed Gov. Jeb Bush.
Chiles announced he is withdrawing because of a
stdte constitution provision that requires a gubernato-
rial candidate to live in the state for seven years before
Chiles returned to Florida two years ago after livr
ing in the Northeast for several years.
A Democrat from Orlando, Bud is the son of the
late Lawton Chiles Jr., who served two terms as gov-
ernor and represented Florida in the U.S. Senate for
nearly 20 years. His mother Rhea is a resident of Anna
board wants 'our
way or no way'
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Holmes Beach Police Pension
Board told city commissioners at their Feb. 22 meeting
that they wanted the commission to consider their
originally proposed ordinance for additional retirement
funding, or consider nothing at all.
The pension board wants the commission to ap-
prove an ordinance that would meet state minimum
benefit requirements and increase police retirement
funding by about $24,000 annually. According to the
board's ordinance, the funding would come from the
city budget if there was not enough money refunded to
the city by the state excess premium property tax,
which city homeowners pay through their property in-
The commission previously had agreed to the ben-
efits and additional funding, but had linked the increase
directly to the state premium property tax money, not
the city budget.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson, a pen-
sion board member, asked the commission to send the
original ordinance to a first reading and "vote it up or
Pension board attorney Lee Dehner agreed. "We
want either a first reading or the commission to take no
action at this time." If the commission votes down the
ordinance, the pension board will return at a later date
Collins said, "No harm," and Wilcox continued.
Then Collins asked Zoller if he wanted to show his
plans and pictures.
City Attorney Jim Dye intervened. "I think Mr.
Zoller would like some answers before we proceed,
but because public notice was not provided, you
can't take action," he told the board. "I suggested we
get a brief overview rather than send everyone home.
"You can't get into the detail of the hearing pro-
Zoller agreed that some questions addressed by
Wilcox needed to be answered and he contended that
existing parking and nonconformities are pre-existing
conditions that should be allowed to continue on the
Center Executive Director Pierrette Kelly walked
commissioners through the additions, including secu-
rity, a kitchen and cafeteria, performing arts room, teen
lounge and other amenities, but commissioner's ques-
tions focused on whether persons other than Islanders
were allowed to use the facility.
Some, yes, she explained. Particularly to meet the
terms of a grant that provides countywide counseling
When asked if groups are bussed to the Center,
Kelly gave a decidedly "No" answer. "We bus from the
Center to other places. No buses bring groups to the
Alan Garrett, land development consultant for
the city, gave his report on the site plan to the board.
The parties, including attorney Dye, came to an
agreement that an easement through the Center prop-
erty would be best addressed by being vacated to
avoid future problems with utility easements and
An application to that effect is to be submitted
to the city commission by Zoller and the.Center.
The board set April 25 for quasi-judicial hearing on
the Center's site plan, possibly the alley vacation and
a variance for the front setback. Zoller will give 30-
days notice to residents within 300 feet of the Center
and provide the required advertising in advance of the
Board member Doug Copeland was then elected to
serve as vice chair of the P&Z .
The board discussed Collins' outline for meetings
in which he recommended a three-minute limit for
speakers addressing the board.
Member Jim Conoly, however, reminded Collins
and the board that when the city commission limited
public speaking, it "released more furor than taking
away people's cats."
The commission agreed to suggest members of the
public limit comments to three minutes.
Kiwanis 'Hams' it up
Russ Olson and Bob Jones of Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club, from left, and Mac McMurtry of the
Bradenton Amateur Radio Club, Frank Morton of the Manatee Amateur Radio Club, Roger Byron of the
Community Emergency Response Team, Chuck Stealey, Larry Cory of Kiwanis and Joe Callaghn look over
the trailer utilized for emergency service by area "Hams," also known as amateur radio operators. Stealey
and Byron, with the help of other "Hams," gave a presentation on the role of amateur radio operators in the
community at the Saturday morning Kiwanis Club meeting at Cafe on the Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
with another proposal, he said.
Commissioner Don Maloney acceded to Dehner' s
request. "We owe that to them" after-all the meetings,
debate and legal opinions on the issue.
Other commissioners agreed and the first reading
of the ordinance as proposed by the pension board was
scheduled for the March 8 commission meeting.
Commissioners seemed unswayed by a request
from property owner-Rebecca Smith that the percent of
building coverage for nonconforming lots be changed.
The current lot coverage requirement is 30 percent,
but for those who own a 50-by-100-foot lot, they are
restricted to a house with just a 1,500-square-foot foot-
print, said Smith. Lots of 8,000 square feet can have a
structural footprint of 2,100 square feet, she noted.
This is a "disparity," and causes "hardship" when
trying to build a house on a nonconforming lot and she
believes such "hardship" was not the intent of the code.
Smith, who owns three nonconforming lots, re-
quested the commission remove the 30-percent cover-
age rule for 50-by-100-foot lots. The setback require-
ments would remain in place, she said.
Commissioners seemed unimpressed by her argu-
ments, but agreed to investigate further.
Granting such changes would just "mushroom,"
said Commissioner Pat Morton.
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger pointed out that
this is a land development issue that would require a
comprehensive plan amendment. It would first have to
go to the planning committee to determine if it would
meet the city's comprehensive plan requirements.
Mayor Carol Whitmore questioned why the com-
mission would want to discuss such a code change, but
Bohnenberger said there were "issues" that should be
City Attorney Patricia Petruff said it would be a
good idea to have city planner Bill Brisson look at
Smith's proposal, as he is currently rewriting the city's
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THE ISLANDER E MARCH 2, 2005 0 PAGE 13
City-run restaurant concept dropped like hot potato
By Paul Roat
So maybe a city-run restaurant at the Bradenton
Beach City Pier isn't that good an idea after all.
A majority of the city commission last week re-
jected the concept of running the concession at the pier
as a separate city. department. The idea was floated
earlier by Vice Mayor Bill Shearon as a means for the
city to have total control of the operation.
The pier has been closed to all but fishers since
September 2004 after Hurricane Frances-damaged the
restaurant roof and the city commission terminated the
franchise agreement with concessionaires. Karen and
"Do we want to be in the restaurant/bait/souvenir/
water-taxi business?" Shearon asked the commission.
The answer was, well, no.
"I don't think it's a good idea," said City Commis-
Lots come up in Holmes Beach
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
comprehensive plan and land development codes,
Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens
agreed and will make Brisson's report available to
Smith and,the public when it's completed.
Skateboard park fees
Commissioners agreed to a $10 registration fee for
every user of the skateboard park and will hold a first.
reading of the ordinance at the March 8 regular meet-
ing. Currently, city residents are charged $10 for reg-
istration, while non-residents must cough up $30 to
Waste Management contract
Petruff said she had several issues with the pro-
posed new contract with Waste Management Inc. for
trash and waste hauling service that calls for automated
pickup trucks and service.
The contract requires the cit\ to decide \ho gets an
exception to the requirement for a 96-, 64-. or-35-gal-
>.n trash container, then process the paperwork.,she
People who are granted e\ceptions can utilize a
plastic garbage bag instead of the required WMI con-
tainer for their % aste, noted Maloney, but everyone will
still get a $1. per month increase in their bill.
If the contract is approved. WMI has estimated it
would take six to eight months before automated ser-,
vice could begin..At present. WMI has automated
pickup sert ice in Palmetto.
Petruff said hhe would clarify issues \\ ith WM1I and
present an ordinance at the March s meeting.
sioner John Shaughnessy. "We would have to hire city
employees, provide insurance, retirement, worker's
compensation, we'd have to hire and fire I don't
think any of us are equipped to run it. I think it would
be a benefit to the city to hire a concessionaire rather
than to create another department to run the pier. Plus,
restaurants have a high turnover in staff."
"I think it would be OK as a 'Plan B,'" said City
Commissioner Ron Nachtigal. "I'd like to see us go out
to bid again."
Commissioners requested bids on the pier fran-
chise in late 2004. Out of a dozen or so people who re-
quested' the proposal, only one responded. The city
commission rejected that offer in late December.
"I'd like to see us make the pier structurally sound,
aesthetically pleasing, and then rent it out as a space with-
out worrying about receiving a percentage of the busi-
ness," said City Commissioner Lisa Marie Phillips. "Then
at least we can get some revenue coming in. I believe it
would be an awful lot for us to handle right now."
Mayor John Chappie said the city-run restaurant
idea has surfaced in the past for the pier "and my re-
sponse has always been, we don't want to run a restau-
rant. If would be a lot of bookkeeping for the clerk's
office, but I'd like to know more about it."
Even Shearon said he was "up in the air about it.
The benefit is we would have full control and could run
it the way we wanted to, but the concern is we would
have to set up a whole new department."
Regarding Phillips's suggestion to just rent out-the
space, commissioners eventually agreed that the high-
est and best use of the facility is as a simple, no-frills
restaurant with bait and tackle as a sideline.
The matter is scheduled to come up again at the 7
p.m. city commission meeting March 3. Shearon said
he planned to work on creating a "vision plan" for the
restaurant that could lead to issuing another request for
proposals for the site.
The city reaped a substantial amount of revenue
through the concessionaire arrangement from 1999-
2001, although funds had dwindledin recent years. The
city currently has about $215,000 in the pier account,
which can only be spent on improvements, repairs or
other expenses relating to the pier.
City Clerk Nora Idso said expenses on the pier -
lighting, water, sewer, insurance and the like total
about $1,000 per month.
And Public Works Director Dottie Poindexter said
the repeated vandalism of the pier rest rooms had
prompted her to consider closing those facilities until
someone could be "on site" with more regularity to
ensure that damage would,be minimized.
Toccoa Falls choir concert at church
The Toccoa Falls College Choir will present a con--
cert of music "suitable for the entire family" at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 11, at the Island Baptist Church, 8506
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The 45 members of the organization, together with
director Dr. Tom Council and assistants, will stay over-
night with members of the congregation, as is the long-
established practice, said a church spokesperson.
The concert is open to the public free of charge,
and the church noted there is ample parking in its
"They love coming here," she said. "It's a beauti-
ful break during a demanding concert schedule." The
choir comes to the Island every other year, she said,
while touring the Gulf Coast.
An Island native, Pam Taylor Prentice, is a Toccoa
Falls graduate now living in Pennsylvania and sang
with the choir in years past. She is daughter of the
church's choir director, Sandy Taylor.
Support comes from host churches, Taylor said,
and the school also subsidizes the concert tours and the
singers have various fundraising events during the
school \ear. CDs of the music will be available for
purchase in the church.
S Toccoa is a Christian-based school offering de-
"grees in 20 fields of study, she said, and includes train-
ing for the ministry'and mission work for those bound
for those fields.
Further information may be obtained by calling
Musical taste of Ireland
The Ladies Guildand Men's Club of St. Mary Star
of the Sea Church are hosting "A Musical Taste of Ire-
larid" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.
The fundraiser will feature Ireland's international
singing star Red Hurley, Paddy Noonan of the Paddy
Noonan Show, "Scotland's funniest comedian" Eddie
Devine, multi-instrumentalist John Scot Trotter and
singer Erin Quill.
The event will be held in the church activity cen-
ter, 4208 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Tickets cost $20 and are available by calling 387-
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Crafts classes scheduled
at Center in March
Classes in the ciafts of basket weaving,-shells and
creating stained glass garden stepping stones are
planned in March at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Basket weaving with Pam McMillen will be in a
workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Marph 8-9. It will be
repeated at the same times April 4-5. Cost is $55 for
members, $60 for nonmembers.
Shell craft will be taught'by Lynn Gaulin on four
Tuesday March 15-29 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is
$45 for members, $50 for nonmembers.
Instruction in custom-making stained-glass step-
ping stones will be by Glen LeFevre from 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, March 21, and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 21-22. Cost is $55 for members, $60 for non-
members. Deadline for registration is March 16.
Details are available at 778-1908.
Anna Maria Elementary
Monday, March 7
"National School Breakfast Week"
Breakfast: Egg and Cha-Cha-Cha Cheese Biscuit,
Cereal, Toast, Swing Dancin' Super Donut, Fruit
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken, Ravioli, Garlic Baked
Breadsticks, Baked Beans, Steamed Mixed Veg-
etables, Minute Maid Juice Bar
Tuesday, March 8
Breakfast: Cinnamon Rockin' Roll, Cereal, Toast,
Paint-the-Town-Red Peanut Butter and Jelly Sand-
Lunch: Turkey Gravy on Mashed Potatoes, Fish
Shapes, Fresh Biscuit, Oven Fries, Steamed Broc-
Wednesday, March 9
Breakfast: Encore Egg Patty Square with Toast,
Yodeling Yogurt, Cereal, Toast, Fruit
Lunch: Chicken Quesadillas, Spaghetti with Meat
Sauce, Tosesd Salad, Steamed Green Beans, Chilled
Thursday, March 10
Breakfast: French Toast Groovin' Glaze, Cereal,
Toast, Musical Muffin, Fruit
Lunch: Shrimp Poppers, Baked Chicken Leg,
Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Peas, Fresh Veggies with
Dip, Orange Slices
Friday, March 11
Breakfast: Jazzy Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast, Use-
Your-Imagination Yogurt, Fruit
Lunch: Pizza, Grilled Chicken Patty on Bun, Celery
and Carrot Sticks, Tossed Salad, Bananas and
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
Club 2005 open meeting
A new Island club for people interested in
adventure and social outings led by Holmes
Beach resident Debbie Scott will host an open
house at the Island Dental Spa, 3909 E. Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach, from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednes-
day, March 2.
"Club 2005" membership is free and will
offer day trips, luncheons and social activities
This week Maria Yatros with Continental
Capers Travel will be the club's featured
speaker. She will discuss how she blends the
personalized service of a local travel agency with
the full-service capabilities and technology of a
For more information about Club 2005, call
Scott at 778-0268.
Blood drive set Tuesday
at Community Center
Blood will be taken Tuesday, March 8, in a four-
hour blood drive at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Hours of the drive will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors
will get a checkup of blood pressure, pulse, tempera-
ture, iron count and cholesterol screening, as well as the
opportunity to give blood, the Center pointed out.
Anyone over 18 years of age in good health is eli-
gible to donate. Appointments are preferred and may
be made by calling 778-1908, though walk-ins are
Time to sign up for waltz
workshop at Center
A waltz workshop is scheduled at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, and registration is open now.
The workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Monday, March 14, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave.,
Anna Maria. Registration may be done there or ar-
ranged by telephone at 778-1908.
Robin Rhodes, dance and theater professional, will
direct the workshop. Cost is $9 for members, $11 for
Art League artists reception
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host an art-
ists' reception for its "Student Exhibit" of work completed
under the tutelage of league-member instructors.
The reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m, Friday, March
4, and the exhibit will be on display, throughout March.
The Anna Maria Island Art League is located at
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Exhibit hours are
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For more information, call 778-2099.
Blood drive at Anna Maria
Anna Maria Elementary School will hold a blood
drive from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, March 4.
All donors will receive an umbrella and a wellness
checkup, including blood pressure, pulse, temperature,
iron count and cholesterol screening.
Photo identification is required to donate blood.
The school is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Marguerite H. Becker
Marguerite H. Becker, 73, of Holmes Beach, died
Born in Nilan, W. Va., Mrs. Becker came-to Mana-
tee County from Michigan City, Ind., in 1979. She was
a medical transcriptionist with Manatee Diagnostic
Center for 16 years. She was founder of Florida Asso-
ciation of Medical Transcriptionists and a member of
American Association of Medical Transcriptionists.
She was Baptist.
Memorial services were Feb. 25. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to Alzheimer's Association,
Florida Gulfcoast Chapter, 9365 U.S. Highway 19 N.,
Suite B, Pinellas Park FL 33782. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home, Island Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband Samuel W. Jr.; daugh-
ters Candace Lin Becker Fleming of St. Augustine and
Donna Mychelle Stackpole of Orange Springs, Fla.;
sons David William of Chicago, Ill., and Richard
Wayne of Holmes Beach; brother William Murphy of
Hutchinson, Kan.; and six grandchildren.
Anthony Joseph Fialkowski.
Anthony Joseph Fialkowski, 44, of Holmes Beach,
died Feb. 17.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Com-
munity Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St.,
Schenectady NY 12308.
He is survived by wife Tracy Reyome; parents Henry
and Patricia; two brothers; and manyclose relatives.
Jack Frint, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 24.
Born in Poplar Grove, Ill., Mr. Frint Moved to Mana-
tee County in 1990 from Boone County, Ill. He owned and
operated the Smak Drive In there with his wife Jeanette
for 20 years. In Manatee County he drove a truck and was
a courier at 1st National Bank and Trust. He served in the
U.S. Army as a cook. He sang in the choir at Roser Me-
morial Community Church, Anna Maria City.
Visitation was Feb. 27 and services Feb. 28 at the
church. Burial will be in Fogartyville Cemetery. Me-
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247, Anna Maria FL 34216. Shannon Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 52 years Jeanette; son
Jefferey of Machesney Park, Ill.; daughter Julia Schultz
of Bradenton; sister Darlene Coleman of Belvidere, Ill.;
eight grandchildren; and.six great-grandchildren.
Charles Russell Haskins
Charles Russell Haskins, 65, of Holmes Beach,
died Feb. 28.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Mr. Haskins came to Mana-
S. tee County from Clarkston,
Mich., in 1993. He was an execu-
I tive marketing director for vari-
ous auto sales businesses. He
served in the U.S. Army. He was
a member of the Moose Lodge.
A private gathering of friends
and family is planned this week.
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land Chapel, is in charge of ar-
Haskins He is survived by good friend
Kathie Acocelli of Bradenton;
former wife Dawn of Bradenton Beach; daughter Kelly
Stonerock of Goodrich, Mich.; sons Christopher and
Jeffrey, both of Davison, Mich.; brother Larry of
Walled Lake, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren.
Mark Allen Knutson
Mark Allen Knutson, 42, of Andrews, S.C., and
formerly Anna Maria City, died Feb. 17.
Born in Rockford,,Ill., Mr. Knutson grew up on
Anna Maria Island, attended school here and was a
youth group leader at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
Holmes Beach. He was a graduate of Newberry Col-
lege and attended Lutheran Theological Southern
Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He was employed by
Georgetown Auto Parts Inc. and was a former em-
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Memorials for the Knutson family may be made in care
of the Mayer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2838,Georgetown
SC 29442-2838. There is a guest book onbline for Mr.
Knutson at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.
He is survived by wife Melanie; son Joshua; daugh-
ters Melissa, Sara and Amanda; brother David of Louis-
ville, Ky., presently serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq; and
mother Dolores Knutson Dunn of Anna Maria City.
Roy Lutz, 85, of Bradenton, died Feb. 21.
Mr. Lutz came to Manatee County from Charleston,
W.'Va., in 1976. He was a retired officer in the U.S. Army
-who served in the South Pacific, Philippines and Japan
during World War II. He worked for the U.S. Postal Ser-
vice in Charleston, Washington, D.C., and Erie, Pa., retir-
ing as district manager for western Pennsylvania.
Covell Cremation and Funeral Center is in charge
He is survived by wife of 57 years Joan; sons
Roger of Holmes Beach and Eric of Charleston; daugh-
ter Jacqueline Dugan of Bora Bora, French Polynesia;
seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Donald B. Thrasher
Donald B. Thrasher, 64, of Bradenton, died Feb. 20
in Chipley, Fla.
Born in Midland, Md., Mr. Thrasher came to
Manatee County in 1962. He was owner of Thrasher
Appliances, T&W Trailers and Thrasher's Cycle Sup-
ply. He was a member of Florida Trail Rider's Asso-
ciation, Sarasota Dirt Rider's Association, and was a
lifetime member of Motorcycle Association.
Visitation and services were Feb. 25. Burial will be
at Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton. Manasota Me-
morial Funeral Home Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by lifetime partner Vicki M. Wilcox;
daughters Deborah of Holmes Beach and Cynthia; and
sisters Patty Morton, Bonnie Shearer and Rosee
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Harry Becker of Perico Island was in engineering
school in Indiana on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States entered
World War II.
The very next day, he and a group of his friends
jumped in a car and went down to the U.S. Army Re-
cruiting Station to enlist.
While Harry was ready for the Army, the Army
wasn't yet ready for him and he had to wait until April
1942 before he was ordered to report for basic training.
Because of his engineering background, Harry
ended up assigned to the 1345 Combat Engineers in
"All I remember was that it was the coldest winter
they'd ever had in the south," said Harry.
He eventually was sent for training as a radio op-
erator, then back to the 1345th. The outfit continued its
training as a combat engineer unit, learning to build
roads and bridges, dredge harbors and construct any-
thing the Army needed.
"At that time, they were telling everyone we were
going to Europe, so that's what we were telling our
A number of Kentucky men were assigned to the
1345th and they had a special talent that Harry and his
buddies learned to enjoy.
"We called them 'Kentuckians.' They had a talent
for making moonshine and there was plenty of that
stuff around. Those were some good times."
The outfit's overseas assignment finally came, but
to everyone's surprise, it wasn't to Europe but the Pa-
Harry sailed to the Pacific in late 1944, and a l1t of
his buddies, especially the Kentuckians, were eager to
get into the action. But the 1345th was initially sent to
secure areas such as the Marshall Islands, Guadalcanal
and the Solomon Islands for engineering duties.
In April 1945, however, the 1345th joined the in-
vasion of Okinawa, the operation that was the last step
before the invasion of Japan.
"We went ashore and were immediately fired upon
by the Japanese. There was plenty of fighting and we
had to dig in," remembered Harry. "We didn't have
time to be scared."
That first day on Okinawa, Harry and his buddies
might have been a bit apprehensive, but they would do
anything not to let their buddies down. "We had con-
fidence in each other, we trusted each other."
And "Lucky" Harry got picked for patrol duty that
very first night in combat.
Trading his M-3 "grease gun" for an M-l rifle,
Harry and his patrol went up into the Okinawa hills
looking for Japanese hiding in caves. They had been
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Harry passed a cave that someone said was empty,
but a few seconds later, he heard shouts that the Japa-
nese were hiding inside. Everyone opened fire on the
cave entrance, then the Japanese exploded some stolen
phosphorous grenades. Several American soldiers were
killed, but the Japanese were wiped out.
On. another night, Harry was on guard duty when
he spotted the Japanese sneaking down the hill to get
water from a nearby spring. Everyone waited until they
had almost reached the water, then opened fire.
"This was a nightly thing for them to try and get
water," remembered Harry. "We would just wait for
them, then open up with everything we had. They
didn't seem too interested in surrendering."
But the 1345th did more than round up enemy sol-
diers. The unit built roads on Okinawa and dredged the
massive harbor at Noka for Allied shipping. A typhoon
with 175-mph winds wiped out the harbor and pushed
a number of ships inland.
"We had the job of cleaning up that mess," said
Harry, "and it was a mess."
By July 1945, Harry and his unit were getting
ready for the invasion of Japan. "We-had been told
we'd be in the third wave, so we knew there were go-
ing to be a lot of casualties. Then, we heard that an
atom bomb had been dropped. We didn't know what an
atom bomb was, but there sure were a lot of happy sol-
diers when it was announced."
Luckily for Harry, he had come through the war
without a scratch, although he'd seen plenty of combat
for four months, and fired at a number of Japanese sol-
"I was lucky. I didn't lose any close buddies and
never got hit," although his unit sustained a number of
Eventually, Harry was sent back to the United
States where he was discharged. He returned to Indi-
ana and enrolled at Purdue University, where he stud-
ied engineering. He had married his high school sweet-
heart Ida during a three-day furlough before heading to
Harry graduated from Purdue and worked for
Cummins Engineering in Columbus, Ohio, for 32 years
He and Ida first came to Anna Maria Island in
1984, when they drove a motorcycle from Ohio to the
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"I have no regrets about joining and what I did,"
said Harry. "I'd do it all over again. I wasn't a hero. I
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Feb. 22, 700 block of North Shore Drive, trespass
warning. The owner of a rental unit requested a trespass
warning against a woman.
Feb. 14, 2400 block Gulf Drive North, theft. A man
reported that he forgot his bag on the beach and it was
gone when he returned to retrieve it.
Feb. 14, 1800: Gulf Drive, Coquina Park, domestic
battery. Officers were contacted by marine rescue regard-
ing a disturbance on the beach. A woman was issued a
domestic violence packet after reporting that she was in-
volved in a heated argument \\ th her boyfriend.
Feb. 18, 2100 block of Avenue B, burglary. A man
reported that some bank checks; watches, travelers checks,
and cash were stolen from his residence. The man's pass-
port and checks were recovered by Holmes Beach Police
Department Feb. 19.
Feb. 19, 100 block of Bridge Street. criminal mis-
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at its Feb. 22 meeting.
CMNE member lMike Pierce questioned \wh, the city
didn't proceed with the plan on its o%% n as it already has
two $300.000 grants for sidewalks and bicycle paths.
Mayor John Chappie explained that the multi-use
path was a CME idea, but was taken over by the county
as the path \\ ill be on county property. The sidewalks
and bic cle paths ,\ ill be inside the city limits.
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funds that are specifically for Gulf Drive, not for the
multi-use path, he said. They can't be used for another
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Feb. 21, 100 block of Bridge Street, traffic arrest. A
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on a Manatee County warrant for worthless checks.
Feb. 18, 2700 block of Avenue C, burglary. A man
reported his bicycle stolen.
Feb. 18,.611 Manatee Ave., CVS store, theft. A con-
tractor working on the store's.outside lighting reported his
cell phone stolen.
Feb. 20, 5424 Marina Drive, Jessie's Island Store,
probation s iolation. Officers responded to a report of an
intoxicated man leaving the store and trying to walk across
Marina Drive. Officers located the man and arrested him
after verifying a warrant for violation of his supervised
(ankle-bracelet program) release.
Feb. 21, Anna Maria Island Bridge, Manatee Avenue,
bench warrant. A man riding a bicycle was stopped for a
traffic violation and arrested on an active bench warrant.
Feb. 21,4000 block of Gulf Drive, criminal mischief.
According to the report, a woman claimed that a male
driver behind her vehicle became angry when she let an-
other car merge in front of her. She told police she pulled
Unfortunately, Manatee County was only able to
fund a one-mile portion of the multi-use path on the
west side of State Road 789. The CME had planned to
have the path go under the Longboat Pass Bridge, then
back up the east side of the highway.
"That's still the CME concept," added CME mem-
ber Bob Herrington, also a staff member with the
Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion. "But we may want to apply for grant funds to
movie that [multi-use path] forward."
Mike Sosadeeter of the Manatee County Parks and
Recreation Department, which is spearheading the
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construction. Issues with the Florida Department of
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off to the side to let the angry driver pass and then went
to park at the public beach. When she was walking to the
beach, she told police, she saw the man pull up next to her
vehicle and pour a liquid onto her car, which has now
begun to eat away at the paint. According to the report, the
woman noted the man's vehicle tag number and police
issued a capias request for the driver's arrest.
Feb. 21, 5323 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Boat Club,
theft. Employees reported a Jet-Ski stolen from the boat
club. An employee of Catchers Marina called to notify
police that.he saw the missing watercraft grounded near
the Flotilla Drive Condominiums. The Jet-Ski was re-
trieved from that location by boat club employees.
Feb. 22, 100 block of 50th Street, theft. A man re-
ported that he saw his ex-wife steal mail from his mailbox.
Feb. 23, 200 block of 58th Street, warrant arrest. Of-
ficers received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in
front of a home. Officers located the vehicle and the driver
inside advised that he was trying to get some sleep because
he'd had too much to drink. After a routine check, the
driver was arrested on a Polk County warrant.
Feb. 24, 6300 block of Gulf Drive, harassment. A
woman reported receiving harassing phone calls from a
man she does not know.
Feb. 24,2900 block of Avenue E, suspicious incident.
A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend has continued to
pursue her despite a court-ordered injunction against him
to stay 500 feet away from her residence.
Feb. 24, 3000 block of Avenue C, information. A
couple reported hearing their car alarm go off, but did not
find any items missing from the vehicle.
Feb. 28, 3800 block of East Bay Drive, information.
A man reported that a delivery truck damaged some land-
scaping on a traffic island in front of the property.
Feb. 24, 68th Street and Holmes Boulevard, traffic
arrest. A man called police after witnessing a woman hit
a stop sign with her truck and attempt to drive away. Ac-
cording to the report, the woman exited her vehicle and
left the scene in another vehicle that had apparently been
following her. Officers found the woman's purse still in-
side the damaged vehicle and the woman's identification
inside the purse. According to the report, officers went to
the woman's home and issued a traffic ticket for careless
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7to 8 a.m. -RPier regulars meeting at the Anna Maria City
Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7062.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
12:10 p.m.- Carl Parks of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
performs organ music by Bach at the Church of the Re-
deemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: 778-4820.
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1 p.m. Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island presents
a book review by Ernestine Basler-Lawton of "Founding
Mothers" by Cokie Roberts at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
6 to 7:30 p.m. "Parenting with Love and. Logic" work-
shop at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Babysitting
available with registration. Fee applies.
Thursday, March 3
S10 a.m. to 2p.m. AARP tax assistance at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: (888) 227-7669.
4 to 6 p.m. -Jazz concert at the Island Historical Mu-'
seum; 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-0492.
6 to 8:30 p.m. Boat Smart course at Ihe Anna Maria
*Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
Information: 714-0449. Fee applies.
7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 23rd
Street and Avenue C, Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-
Friday, March 4
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood drive at Anna Maria El-
ementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book sale at Tingley Memorial Li-
brary, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
5 to 7p.m. All Island Denominations' "Religious Art
and Artifacts" exhibit at the Episcopal Church of the Annun-
ciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Opening reception for the Anna
Maria Island Art League "Student Exhibit" at 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 778-2099.
Saturday, March 5
7:30 a.n. Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk-A-Thon at
the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W., Pal-
metto. Information: 729-5665.
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 752-5973.
9 to 11 a.m. "Sharks! Top Predators of the Sea" fam-
ily program at Mote Marina Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 388-4441.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pilates with Laura Bennet at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "Centering Prayer" introduc-
tory workshop at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Har-
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10 a.m. to 3p.m. Book sale at Tingley Memorial Li-
brary, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anna Maria Island Heritage Day
Celebration on Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 778-
10:15 a.m. Holmes Beach Civic Association presents
a roundtable discussion with City Commissioner Rich
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9:30 a.m. erent at the Nloose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive
N., Bradenton Beach. They are $7 each and may be
obtained from Sarah Maloney, 778-4865, followed by
a check mailed to 615 Foxworth Lane, Holmes Beach
That will get you scrambled eggs, sausage,
Bohnenberger at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
2 to 4 p.m. Longboat Key Garden Club Home and
Garden Tour at various locations. Tickets available at AMJ
West, 9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, or Dee's Boutique, 3328
E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 387-8142, or 383-
1567. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. Youth Orchestra Concert at Neel Perform-
ing Arts Center, Manatee Community College, 5840.26th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 953-3434.
Sunday. March 6
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Line-dancing fundraiser for youth
scholarships at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
Monday. March 7
10:15 a.m: Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Tuesday, March 8
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood drive at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friendly bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-1908. Fee applies.
1 to 4 p.m. Veterans service officer at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Appoint-
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. -. Basket-weaving workshop with
Pam McMillen at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
2 p.m. Television chef and author Joe Evans at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
3 to 4:30 p.m. "Women Waging Peace in the Middle
East" presentation at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 383-8811. Fee
S7 p.m. "A Musical Taste of Ireland" at the St. Mary
Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 387-1322. Fee applies.
Wednesday, March 9
9 a.m. Horseshoe games at Anna Maria City Hall
Park, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terra Ceia Village RV Resort craft
fair at 9303 Bayshore Road, Palmetto. Information: 723-
11 a.m. U.S. Navy luncheon at the American Legion
Post No. 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-
11:30 a.m. --Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island
Players meeting at Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant, 800
Broadway, Longboat Key. Information: 778-4865.
Noon Anna Maria Island Historical Society volunteer
lunch at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 778-1514.
home fries, coffee or tea, and dessert of "an Irish
version of Danish pastry."
Irish songs and stories are planned, and a perfor-
mance by the Island's Irish Ceili Dancers. Plus the an-
nual naming of the Irish Man or Woman of the year,
who will join the roll of such earlier honorees as the
Privateers, Hugh Holmes Sr., Pat Geyer, Bob
LoPiccolo, Russ Olson, Sean Murphy and John Corbett.
Maloney suggests that tho.e attending park else-;
where, such as Coquina Beach, and use the Island's
12:30 to 4 p.m. Duplicate bridge at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 778-3390. Fee applies.
1:30 to 3p.m. Arthritis Foundation lecture "Mind Body
Connection" at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 4280 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longbbat Key. Information: 794-1400 ext.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Basket-weaving workshop with
Pam McMillen at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-1908. Fee
"Impressionist Masters of Russia" at Wallace Fine Art,
5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, through March 11.
"Sew for Fun" at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,'through March417: Information:
Florida Suncoast Walercolor Society ,aqueous art
show at the Art League of Manatee County, 209 Ninth St. W.,
Bradenton, through March 21. Information: 746-2862.
Traditional art class for ages 5-12 at the.Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
through March 22. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
Old master's methodology oil painting class at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, through April 6. Information: 778-2099. Fee applies.
AARP tax assistance at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through April 15. Infor-
mation: (888) 227-7669.'
"Shells: Gems of the Sea" exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, through May 8. Infor-
mation: 746-4131, ext. 37. Fee applies.
Sierra Club's "Water for People and Nature, Not for
Profit: The Story of Corporate Water Privatization and Pub-
lic Resistance" at the Sudakoff Center March 10.
Fabric art demonstration at the Artists Guild Gallery
Toccoa Falls College Choir at the Island Baptist
Church March 11.
Florida West Coast Symphony Masterworks at Neel
Performing Arts Center March 11.
"Gotta Dance" at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center March 11.
Leon Merian at the Riverfront Theatre March 12.
Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves' Market at Co-
quina Beach March 12.
Digital photography workshop at Anna Maria Island
Community Center March 12.
Spring plant sale at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens
Anna Maria Island Art League Springfest at Holmes
Beach City Hall Park March 12-13.
Waltz workshop at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center March 14.
"Photography Today" presentation at the Education
Center March 15.
Shell crafts at the Anna Maria Island Community Cen-
ter March 15.
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Football star 'stars' for rectory aid
By Jim Hanson
A man who won the Heisman and
the Maxwell trophies, was All Ameri-
can for two years and was termed "the
greatest all-around football player in
half a century" is coming to the aid of
an ailing residence for priests.
He is Johnny Lattner, and he'will
speak at a dinner March 10 to raise
funds to renovate the rectory at St.
Bernard Catholic Church. The event
will be at the church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, at 5 p.m.
Social hour will be followed by
the buffet dinner, Lattner's talk, and
an auction of, among other goodies,
four Notre Dame football. tickets, an
autographed football helmet, golf
package and yacht cruise for 10.
It is all being organized by Frank
O'Malley, winter resident of Holmes
Beach, close friend of Lattner since
they played football together for
Fenwick High School at Oak Park, Ill.,
a Chicago suburb. Lattner will stay
with O'Malley while he is here; he
usually spends a couple of weeks ev-
ery April at Runaway Bay, his host
Lattner was a "60-minute man"
for Notre Dame in the early 1950s, a
star running back and defensive back
and the team's punter as well. He won
the Heisman trophy in 1953 and the
Maxwell in 1952 and '53, was named.
All American for two years, and is in
the College Football Hall of Fame. It
was legendary Chicago sports editor
Arch Ward who called him the great-
est in half a century, and he was the
cover feature in Time magazine Nov.
He once fumbled the ball near the
goal line, O'Malley recalled, and
Coach Frank Leahy growled, "You've
committed a mortal sin. You carry that
football everywhere for a week," and
he meant it.
Graduating in accounting from
Notre Dame, he joined the U.S. Air
Force and played football at Boiling
Air Force Base. The Pittsburgh
Steelers drafted him but a year later a
knee injury ended his football career.
After owning a couple of restau-
rants in Chicago, he joined PAL
Graphics, a large Chicago printing
firm where he is now vice president of
marketing. For the past 50 years he
has carried the flag down Michigan
Avenue in the St. Patrick's Day pa-
rade, O'Malley said.
He still lives in Chicago, where he
and his wife have reared eight chil-
There are still tickets available at
$100 each at the church, by calling
778-4769 or 779-2550, or by e-mail at
Johnny Lattner on the cover of
the Nov. 9, 1953, edition of
Time Magazine. He will speak
on the Island March 10.
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Secure investment for Island
Gary Keller of Wachovia Securities in Sarasota
has had a love affair with Anna Maria Island since he
moved here from New Orleans seven years ago.
"I love to fish, sail and go to the beach, so heading
to Anna Maria Island was a natural choice for me," said
He used to get to the Island quite a bit when he was
with Olde Securities on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton;
and had numerous clients on the Island.
A few years ago, however, he moved to Wachovia
Securities in Sarasota as a financial adviser. As a pro-
fessional, Gary contacted his clients and informed them
of the change.
To his surprise, a great many of his Island clients
decided to bring their investment future with him to his
"I was pleasantly surprised. People on the Island
really appreciated my efforts. Because they stayed with
me, I now have a lot of good reasons to continue com-
ing to the Island."
Gary often heads to Anna Maria for lunch, dinner
and business meetings with his various clients, when
he's not enjoying the beach or fishing.
And his Island friends have given him numerous
referrals as a financial adviser, which is not the same
thing as a stock broker.
"Don't call me a stock broker," said Gary with a
laugh. "I'm a financial adviser." He often has to make
that distinction when he first meets a prospective cli-
"I cover a wide range of investments for my cli-
ents, not just stocks." In addition to financial advice.
and investment, Gary works with many people on their
retirement plans. Those plans may include stocks, but
are not limited solely to Wall Street investments.
When he's not giving financial advice, Gary can
usually be found sailing the waters of Anna Maria
Sound and Perico Bay, usually with a fishing pole
hanging off the side of his boat.
In fact. his favorite advice to a client is, "Let's plan
your retirement, then go fishing."
For more information on Wachovia Securities, call
Gary at 951-7033.
Island panels to stop hurricanes
Holmes Beach resident and contractor John
Agnelli went through Florida's four hurricanes on
Anna Maria Island last year, and while he and his com-
pany were pretty busy with repairs, he realized there
was no Island-based company that offered storm pan-
els to protect Island homes from disaster.
Having built or remodeled a number of Island
homes, John wanted to offer hurricane paneling ser-
vices to his friends, neighbors and customers.
He recently opened Island Hurricane Storm Pan-
els at his.Agnelli Construction Inc. office at 5310
Sunrise Lane at the Island Fitness Center building in
A long-time Island resident and builder, John
knows that people who live on the Island want to pro-
tect their beautiful homes.
As a licensed contractor, John and his crew offer
Paneled for a hurricane Tops on Island
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professionally installed storm panels available in clear
polycarbonate or aluminum with either an aluminum or
The panels meet or exceed all city, county, state
and federal requirements, he said, and some
homeowners may qualify for a property insurance dis-
count from their carrier.
After four hurricanes last year, "Everyone now
knows the devastation that can occur to their home with
hurricane-force winds. Most damage is generated from
the battering winds and flying debris," noted John.
And Islanders shouldn't think it can't happen here,
not after last year.
"Protect everything you've worked hard for" is the
Island Hurricane Storm Panel motto, said John.
The company also installs panels for out-of-town
For more information, call John or Suzanne at 779-
Local artist tops sales
at Restless Natives
Restless Natives Gallery owner Amy Talucci re-
cently announced that local artist Ron Bernard was the
gallery's top-selling artist for 2004. The gallery, lo-
cated at 5314 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, features
the work of 110 local artists.
Bernard combines photography, digital art and
water-based pigments in creating scenes of Manatee
County, particularly those of local interest, Amy said.
For more information on Restless Natives, call
Amy at 779-2524.
Island real estate
Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina Drive in
Holmes Beach recently held a dinner party at the Key
Royale Club to honor its top 2004 sales agents and pro-
Marianne Correll won the award for most sales,
while Marilyn Trevethan had the most listings.
Rookie-of-the-Year honors went to Elizabeth
Blandford, who started with Island Real Estate in 2004.
For more information on island Real Estate, call
Real estate transactions
Up-to-date Island real estate transactions as com-
piled by Doug Dowling for The Islander are available
online at www.islander.org.
Bohnenberger speaks to
Holmes Beach civic association
On Saturday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m.. Holmnes Beach
Commissioner Rich Bohnenberger e ill hold a roundtable
discussion with the Holmes Beach Civic Association.
The discussion aims to increase public a\ areness of
the commissioner's responsibilities as well as his \iew s on
issues such as growth, land annexation, stormwater drain-
age, infrastructure maintenance and the form of city gov-
The meeting will take place at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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model Ashley Nelson. Dining outdoors are a group
of snowbirds enjoying their winter in Bradenton
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Basketball Division Winners
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Sarah Lanzillo, Matt McDonough, Chad Reed, Zach Schields and Jacob Stebbins. Orlando, Jason Rappe, Matt Shafer and Broderick West. Coach Scott Nelson.
Coach Gene Distelhurst. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Anna Maria Oyster Bar: Matt Bauer, Nicole Botero, Kelly Dodson, Zach Evans,
Sarah Howard, Katie Hunt, Blake Rivers and Molly Slicker. Coach Mark Howard.
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Four champions crowned inRCenter basketball
Four champions crowned in Center basketball
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center basket-
ball league season came to an end on Saturday, Feb. 26,
with championship games in Premier and Division I
and III. As expected,-Anna Maria Glass & Screen
claimed the Premier division trophy, while Bistros
completed an undefeated season in Division III.
Fourth-seeded LPAC upset No. 1 seed Publix before
defeating Air & Energy to win the Division I champi-
Saturday's action also boasted All-Star games and
the always-entertaining coaches game. Friday, Feb. 25,
saw Anna Maria Oyster Bar upset top-seeded Duncan
Real Estate to win the Division II championship.
Congratulations to all of the players, coaches and
parents for another great season of basketball at the
Bistros put finishing touch
on 14-0 season
Hailey Dearlove exploded for 14 points in the third
quarter to turn a close game into a 13-point lead in the
Division III championship on Saturday. Bistros and
Dips Ice Cream battled to an 8-6 Bistro lead in the first
quarter. Dearlove scored four points, while Stephanie
Purnell and Becca Butler each scored a basket from the
paint for the Bistros. Zach Guerin sandwiched four
points around an offensive rebound and a layup from
Justin Gargett to help Dips stay within two points.
Bistros extended its lead to 13-8 behind three
points from Butler and four points from Dearlove, but
Jerry Mayer scored on an offensive rebound putback
and Guerin connected from 15 feet along the baseline
to pull Dips to within five points as the half came to a
Dearlove then took over in the third with three
steals, four rebounds and 14 points to open up a 29-16
lead the Bistros would not relinquish.
Dearlove finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds,
four steals and three assists, while Butler finished with
five points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Purnell
scored two points and pulled down four rebounds to
complete the scoring for Bistros. Other members of the
team are Giorgio Gomez, Denver Hardy, Dayle
Hoffman, Alyssa Mills and Emily Rappe.
Zach Guerin's 14 points led Dips, which also re-
ceived four points from Justin Gargett and two points
apiece from Johnny Mattay and Jerry Meyer in the loss.
Bistros 22, Harry's 10
Hailey Dearlove scored 12 points and Stephanie
Purnell added six to lead Bistros past Harry's Conti-
nental Kitchens on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Division III
playoff action. Giorgio Gomez and Dayle Hoffman
each added two points to the Bistros total.
Cliff Pascal scored six points and Danny
Krokroskia and Zach Facheris added two points apiece
in the loss for Harry's.
Dips 22, Jessie's 11
Eight points from Jerry Meyer and seven points
from Justin Gargett carried Dips Ice Cream past
Jessie's Island Store on Thursday, Feb. 24. Zach
Guerin added four points and Johnny Mattay chipped
in with three points in the Dips victory.
Daniel Pimental scored five points and Julian
Botero scored four points to lead Jessie's in the loss.
Jack Titsworth completed the scoring for Jessie's with
S Oyster Bar holds on for upset victory
Anna Maria Oyster Bar picked a fine time for its
first victory over Duncan Real Estate when they de-
feated the No. 1 seed 29-26 in overtime to claim the Di-
vision II championship.
The teams traded baskets early on before Evans'
rebound putback and a jumper from the foul line by
Molly Slicker with 55 seconds remaining in the first
quarter gave the Oyster Bar an 8-4 lead.
Bauer drove into the lane for a lay up and a 10-4
.Oyster Bar lead thanks to a great screen by Sarah
Howard, but Duncan came back with four straight
points on a pair of foul shots by Ashley Waring and a
driving layup by Chris Callahan.
Oyster Bar answered with a four-point run of its
own when Bauer and Evans both made free throws and
drives to the
Howard scored on a offensive rebound putback for a
14-8 halftime lead.
The Oyster Bar opened up an 11-point lead when
Nicole Botero snagged a rebound and quickly threw
upcourt to Bauer, who was fouled while scoring on a
layup making the score 19-11.
The Oyster Bar slowed the game down to work
some time off the clock and Duncan rallied. Callahan
scored seven fourth-quarter points to help Duncan pull
to 24-22 with 1:37 to play:
The teams traded possessions, but neither team was
able to score as the clock ticked down. With 14 seconds
to play, Oyster Bar had an inbounds play under its bas-
ket. They got the ball inside to Evans, but his shot
rimmed out and Waring grabbed the rebound. She
quickly threw the ball upcourt to Callahan, who made
a driving layup with two seconds remaining to tie the
score at 24-24.
Botero opened the scoring in the 3-minute over-
time when she banked in a 15-footer to give Oyster Bar
a 26-24 lead. Oyster Bar extended its lead to 28-24
when Botero found Howard down low for a turn-
around banker. Evans then got fouled and made one
foul shot with 45 seconds left for a 29-24 lead.
Chandler McClung scored underneath with 19 sec-
onds left to play as time ran out on Duncan Real Estate.
Matt Bauer scored 12 points to lead the Oyster Bar,
which also received nine points from Zach Evans and
four points from Howard in the victory. Botero and
Molly Slicker each added two points to the Oyster Bar
total in victory. Other Oyster Bar members include
Kelly Dodson, Katie Hunt and Blake Rivers.
Callahan finished with 14 points and Ashley War-
ing added eight points to lead Duncan Real Estate in the
loss. Alexis Mitchell and McClung completed the
Duncan scoring with two points each.
Oyster Bar 22, STGC 14
Anna Maria Oyster Bar overcame a 12-3 halftime
deficit to record a 22-14 victory over Steve Titsworth
General Contracting on Monday, Feb. 21, to advance
to the Division II finals. Matt Bauer scored 11 of his
game-high 13 points after intermission to lead the Oys-
ter Bar back from the brink of defeat. Zach Evans
added six points, Kelly Dodson added two points and
Blake Rivers finished with one point for the Oyster Bar
in the victory.
Ally Titsworth scored nine points to lead STGC,
which also received three points from Molly
McDonough and two points from Chandler Hardy in
Duncan 33, Danziger 19
Duncan Real Estate received a balanced scoring
attack led by Chris Callahan's 13 points on Monday,
Feb. 21, to record a 33-19 semifinal win over Danziger
Allergy & Sinus. Kyle Crum and Ashley Waring each
added eight points, while Chandler McClung com-
pleted the scoring for Duncan with four points in the
.Eleyen points from Emma Barlow and six points
from Glenn Bower paced the Danziger scoring attack,
which also received two points from Sarah Oldham in
worst-to.first Division I trip
LPAC came into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed,
giving them the longest odds to win the Division I
championship, but they ignored the odds and just went
out and played hard and somehow won.
Their first order of business was taking on No.
1 seed Publix in the semifinals on Thursday, Feb 24.
LPAC, which lost three out of four games to Publix
this season, received 22 points from Broderick West,
13 points from Matt Shafer and 11 points from Ryan
Guerin to fuel the upset victory. Whitney Bauer,
Jarot Nelson and Jason Rappe completed the LPAC
scoring with two points apiece.
Justin Dearlove scored 22 points and Ben
Valdivieso added 18 points for Publix in the loss.
Breann Richardson added four points and Egan
Fridenberg scored three points to complete the Publix
The Division I championship game between LPAC
. and third-place Air & Energy was a tale of two games.
Air & Energy held a slim lead when A&E center
Garrett Secor fell hard, injuring his wrist, late in the
first half. Losing its best inside player was bad enough,
but A&E had no subs, so they were forced to go the rest
of the way with only four players.
LPAC took advantage, outscoring A&E 36-18 in
the second half. Secor made one last valiant try at play-
ing, but he was in too much pain.
Matt Shafer scored 20 points and Broderick
West added 18 to lead LPAC in the victory. Jason
Rappe chipped in with eight points, while Ryan
Guerin scored six and Jarot Nelson finished with two
Corbin Kitchen led all scorers with 26 points, while
teammate Kevin Callahan added three points. Kyle
Seawall, Jordan Sebastiano and Secor finished with
two points apiece in defeat.
A&E 37, Observer 34
SAir & Energy outscored Longboat Observer 12-3
in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 5-2 in overtime
Feb. 23 and defeat the Observer to advance to the Di-
vision I championship game.
Secor finished with a game-high 17 points, while
Corbin Kitchen added 12 points for Air & Energy,
which also received four points from Jordan Sebastiano
and two points apiece from Kevin Callahan and Will
Celia Ware scored 16 points and Grant Lukitch
added 10 points to lead the Observer. Nash Thomp-
son added four points for the Observer, which also
received two points apiece from Daniel Riley and
Billy Alstrom in defeat.
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22
Anna Maria Glass employs
'Buck shot' for win
David Buck was unstoppable in leading Anna
Maria Glass & Screen to a 70-59 victory over West
Coast Air Conditioning on Saturday, Feb. 26, to win
the Premier league championship game going a\\ ay.
Buck nailed eight three-pointers on the \a) to a
game-high 32 points while also pulling down 19 re-
bounds and handing out file assists. Jake Stebbins
chipped in with 19 points and eight rebounds, while
Chad Reed and Matt McDonough finished with eight
and five points respectively. Eric Distelhurst, Derrick
Gargett, Sarah Lanzillo and Zach Schields completed
the scoring with two points apiece.
After battling to a 32-30 lead, Buck went off, nail-
ing four three pointers in the third quarter as Glass &
Screen increased its lead from two points to 14 points.
West Coast tried gamely to rally, but every time they
made a move, Buck simply drained another three-
pointer to snuff out the rally.
West Coast Air's Clay Orr scored 33 points to lead
all scorers, while Taylor Manning added 16 points.
Brian Cziraky scored five points and Eric Fridenbergy
had one three-pointer to complete the scoring for West
Coast Air in defeat.
West Coast Air 66, IRE 53
Clay Orr scored 28 points and Eric Fridenberg
added 18 points as West Coast Air Conditioning cooled
off Island Real Estate on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Dylan
Mullen scored eight points and Taylor Manning added
six points for West Coast, which also received two
points apiece from Brian Cziraky, Jake McDonald and
Todd Test in the victory.
Island Real Estate was led by 23 points from Tyler
Bekkerus and 21 points from Josh Elsenheimer. Ian
Douglas added five points and Phelps Tracy scored
four points to complete the IRE scoring in the loss.
Glass & Screen 75, ReMax 55
David Buck scored 26 points and Jacob Stebbins
scored 19 points to lead Anna Maria Glass & Screen
past ReMax Gulfstream Realty on Monday, Feb. 21.
Chad Reed finished with 10 points and Eric Distelhurst
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shooting and a bronze medal in golf at the Florida
Senior Games last week in the 60-64-year-old
division. The eight-year resident of Holmes Beach hit
25 out of 30 possible points in basketballfree
throws, and 11 out of 15 in accuracy shooting. The
next day at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course, Webb
shot a 79 for the bronze medal. In June, he plans to
compete in the Senior Games National Golf Tourna-
ment in Pittsburgh, Pa.
added.nine points for Glass & Screen, which also re-
ceived seven points from Derrick Gargett and two
points apiece from Matt McDonough and Zach
Schields in the victory.
Twenty-two points from Chase Parker and 11
points from Spencer Carper paced ReMax in defeat.
Luis Leon scored six points, while Franklin Moore and
Kevin Gruenke contributed four points apiece and
Alisha Ware and Jordan Graeff finished with three
points each in the loss.
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AME fifth-grade DARE class graduates
Fifth-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School
celebrated the completion of the Drug Abuse Resig-
tance Education program with a graduation ceremony
in. the school auditorium.
Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon heads
the course at AME, which teaches students how to
handle peer pressure.
The DARE program is used by schools in 72 coun-
tries, but AME is one of the few in Manatee County to
utilize the program.
Students received certificates of completion and
were congratulated by AME Principal Kathy Hayes,
'Parent-Teacher Organization President Lynda Hicks
The PTO purchased miniature "Darren the Lion"
stuffed animals the DARE mascot for each stu-
dent. Hicks asked students to keep the mascot as they
get older to remind them of the positive choices they
can make when faced with peer pressure.
Lannon also handed out prizes for the winners of
the DARE essay contest. Students were asked to write
an essay describing what they learned in the program
and two winners were picked from both of AME's
.Lannon said this year it was-difficult to pick the
essay winners because so many students wrote ex-
cellent reports detailing what they learned in class.
From DeAnn Davis's class, the winners are
Breslyn Reiber, second place, and Kara Nelson, first
place. In Anne Kinnan's class the winners are Molly
McDonough, second place, and Alexis Mitchell, first
Here are the winning essays:
By Kara Nelson
Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a wonderful
program that helps kids stay drug-free. Because of the
DARE program I have learned how drugs affect your
body; how to use "Define, Assess, Respond and Evalu-
ate" in decision making; and how to detour around
risky situations or avoid a risky situation that I am al-
I knew drugs were. very harmful to my health. But,
because of DARE, I have learned exactly how drugs
hurt the body. For example, tobacco causes heart dis-
ease, lung cancer, breathing problems, more colds and
upper respiratory problems, wrinkles, bad breath and
affects your body's development in a negative way.
Marijuana causes breathing problems, more colds and
upper respiratory problems, increases risk of cancer
and affects the brain and body in a bad way. Alcohol
can damage every organ in your body and increases
your risk of a variety of diseases. It also slows down the
brain and body, which increases the risk of injury, car
crashes and violence. And all of these drugs are very
DARE also stands for "Define, Assess, Respond,
and Evaluate." Define means I need to describe the
problem, challenge or opportunity. Let's say I have a
friend over and she is spending the night with me and
my parents have to go to the store to get supper for us.
While they are gone my friend says "We should go
upstairs and sneak a drink from one of your parents li-
quor bottles," That defines a problem.
Assess means that I ask myself, "What are my
choices?" My choices are that we could have a drink.
Maybe we would get: caught, or maybe we wouldn't.
But either one of us could have an allergic reaction. It
may stunt our growth because we are still growing and
developing. Also it could lead to an addiction early in
life. My other choice is that we don't take any risk and
we don't drink.
Respond means I make a choice using the facts and
information I have gathered. My choice is that we don't
take any chances and we don't take a drink of alcohol.
Evaluate means that I review my decision and I
will ask myself, "Did I make the right decision?" I
know I made the right decision by not drinking any
alcohol and not taking a chance that one of us would
It's always best to avoid a risky situation, but like
in my case, it's not always possible. So now that I have
made the right decision I need to take charge of my
situation. Some of the choices for dealing with my
risky situation are: just say "No;" give a reason or fact
like "No way, I heard it tastes nasty;" change the sub-
ject and say, "Let's go paint our nails instead;" repeat-
ing "No" like.a broken record every time they ask; and
use humor saying, "No thanks, I prefer my flatstom-
ach over a.beer belly."
Ways to stay out of risky situationsfare: avoid the
situation by staying away from people and places that
have drugs; use the strength-in-numbers tool by hang-
ing around non-users, especially where drug use.is
expected; simply walking away from a risky situation;
and use the cold-shoulder method to ignore the person
who is bugging me to try drugs.
I feel very fortunate that I got to participate in the
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DARE program. In the short time that I have been in
the DARE program, Officer Lannon has taught me how
drugs abuse your body, how to make good choices us-
ing the DARE process, and also how to get out of and
stay out of risky situations. I know this short training
program has affected the rest of my life in a positive
I, Kara Nelson, pledge to be drug-free and violence
By Alexis Mitchell
This is a story that happened to me four years ago
when I was 16 and how DARE helped me.
"Alexis, where, were you last night? I started to
worry when it was an hour past your curfew," my mom
"I was out with my friends. You don't know them
though, so it doesn't matter." I walked out so I didn't
hear the end of the discussion, but now I wish I listened
to her because it would have gotten me out of a lot of
I got on to the bus and was halfway to school when
I started to think about my mom and what I said. I mean
I was 16. Why should she care ifI smoke pot and drink
beer? I was almost an adult. Oh, but how wrong I was!
I was at school when my new friend, Claris, came up
to me and asked me to meet her at the water fountain
after fifth-period. She wanted to give me something to
do. So, not thinking I said OK. I was wondering what
she was going to give me all through first-, second-,
third- and fourth-periods.
I: Ials got'in trouble four different times during
first- through fourth-period and I was expecting it to be
the same through fifth-period, but for some reason I
listened. It was about.having the DARE program all the
way through high school because of how many teen-
agers were joining gangs and smoking pot. They had
a vote to see if they would have it through high school.
I obviously voted no because I was in one of the gangs
and before I knew it I was at the water fountain meet-
She asked me if I wanted to go with her to an af-
ternoon party at her house that was going on right now.
She told me there would be beer and things like that. I
said yes, not thinking again.
We were walking to her car when the custodian
stopped us and said the floor was wet, please be care-
ful. We ignored him and to make him even madder,
then we messed up the wet floor by walking on it with
muddy shoes. We started to run. I knew this was
wrong, but I didn't care. Suddenly I slipped-and was
knocked out by the tile floor.
I woke up and I was back in class in the fifth-grade
and it was Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and the date was
Jan. 19, 2005. By that time I was freaking out.
When I calmed down, our DARE teacher Officer
Lannon.and Darren the DARE lion walked in and as
usual he had a bad hair day. We started talking about
how drugs affect our bodies, such as how beer makes.
your liver harden and smoking makes your lungs
black. But the thing that hit me the most is that a
friend who offers you drugs and beer isn't really
your friend at all.
We also learned about advertising and how it
comes in many different forms. Also, how marijuana
affects your body. How to say "no" in different ways
and still look like you were cool. I'also don't remem-
ber how many times we talked about peer pressure and
its effect upon us and others.
When I woke up I was in the clinic expecting to
have Claris next to me but the nurse said she left. So
that one part of DARE class was true, but was the rest?
I wasn't going to find out. I had to stop lying and drink-
ing and taking drugs.
I went to Claris's car. It was still parked in its spot
with Claris still in it. She came out and told me we
would be late for the party, but I told her no, I wasn't
going. She wondered why. I told her I had changed my
mind. She called me a chicken and a baby. I yelled
back, "It's better to be a chicken and a baby then dead
because I had cancer." She gasped and drove off.
I got back just in time to catch at least the ending
of class. But the best part was I was drug free and not
drinking beer and proud of it. I will never forget what
DARE has taught me. But even though I was drug free,
I was in a lot of trouble. But that's all my fault.
-THE ISLANDER MARCH 2, 2005AM PAGE 25
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Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of the Drug Abuse Resistance Educa-
tion program sponsored by the Holmes Beach Police Department. Students received a certificate of comple-
tion and a stuffed miniature of the DARE lion mascot. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
By Breslyn Reiber
This year in DARE I have learned many important
facts about drugs, the abuse of drugs, and how to resist
them. DARE means Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
Before the DARE program, I was not aware of all the
dangerous drugs that are available to children my age.
I have also learned that peer pressure can be very
powerful. I now realize how easily people can be talked
into doing harmful things to their body, either because
they don't know that what they are doing will hurt them
or because they want other people to like and accept
DARE has taught me how important it is to choose
the right friends and that people who want you to do
drugs or drink alcohol are not your friends. A friend is
someone who accepts you for who you are and does not
judge you for what you believe in. Most of all, a friend:
would never pressure you to do drugs, smoke or drink.,
DARE has shown me how to be a good friend and
how to set good examples for others. I will always try
to be a leader and not a follower. I know the lessons I
have learned through DARE will help me in my up
coming years at middle school and for the rest of my
I, Breslyn Reiber, pledge to always be drug and
By Molly McDonough
A world, drug free,-begins with me!
In fifth-grade this year, my class had weekly les-
sons and activities that taught us about drugs and al-
cohol. This class is called DARE, which stands for
defining, assessing, responding and evaluating ideas.
In DARE class we learned how tobacco, marijuana
and alcohol can really affect your body. The DARE
program taught us how to say no to drugs, tobacco and
Officer Lannon, our instructor, explained to us
that we all have choices in life to make. My life ex-
periences are made up of a bunch of choices that I
have made. Some choices were good and some were
bad. By defining, assessing, responding and evalu-
ating ideas, you can help yourself make good healthy
I have learned that cigarettes, drugs and alcohol
have a bad impact on you. Officer Lannon showed
us how.bad these things are to your body. In one of
our last DARE classes, he brought in cigarettes, ci-
gars and alcohol and mixed these items into a
blender. We then were able to see and smell these
items together. This mixture was pretty disgusting,
to say the least. By seeing this, I know that I do not
want any of these items inside my body.
The skills that I have learned in DARE are how to'
say no to drugs, cigarettesand alcohol. I also have
learned that even though my friends may not always
make good decisions, I need to make my own decisions
that I know are right and not to worry about what oth-
ers think of me.
This is why I say, a world drug free begins with
Second-graders at Anna Maria Elementary School performed a musical production called "Everyday is Earth
Day" after the Parent-Teacher Organization dinner and meeting Feb. 15. The play reminded viewers about
the importance of recycling. AME second-graders share the lowdown on recycling with a hip-hop rap, pic-
tured. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson
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Tsunami effects felt in South Florida; pet tales, too
From the "everything is connected" files comes
this snippet of information from the South Florida
Water Management District:
"Water levels in the district's deep Floridan aqui-
fer monitoring wells in Collier and Okeechobee coun-
ties and other wells throughout the agency's 16-county
region saw sudden spikes of up to 4 inches approxi-
mately 60 minutes after the Dec. 26, 2004, underwater
earthquake," according to the Florida Fish and Wild-
life News, a publication of the Florida Wildlife Federa-
The Floridan aquifer is basically a huge under-
ground sponge that lies underneath most of Florida at
--idepths of about 1,500 feet. The system is comprised of
porous limestone and "is used as the primary water
supply source for millions of people, business and
farms throughout much of the state and is a secondary
source of water in the area south of Lake Okeechobee,"
according to the federation newsletter.
S"Normally, water-level changes in the Floridan
aquifer happen slowly," according to a district spokes-
man. "The spikes were sudden and very unusual. The
speed at which the shock wave moved was absolutely
awesome." Water experts figure the shock wave trav-
eled at something like 7,400 mph to make it from the
Indian Ocean to Florida.
According to "Wikipedia," an online encyclope-
dia, the earthquake's 9.0 reading on the Richter Mag-
Snitude Scale "was the largest earthquake since the
9.2 magnitude Good Friday Earthquake off Alaska in
1964, and tied for fourth largest since 1900. The
earthquake-generated tsunami was among the dead-
liest disasters in modern history," with 228,000 to
310,000 people thought to have died as a result of the
The jury is still out on the magnitude of the quake,
though, with some scientists predicting the final Rich-
ter number will rest at 9.3.
The event originated in the Indian Ocean just north
of Simeulue Island, off the western coast of northern
Sumatra, Indonesia. The resulting tsunami devastated
the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, Thai-
land and other countries with wave height up to 55.8
feet, and its effects were felt as far away as eastern
South Africa not counting the aquifer fluctuation in
Wikipedia reports that the power generated by the
earthquake and tsunami was enough to generate energy
"sufficient to boil 40 gallons of water for every person
on Earth. It is estimated to have resulted in an oscilla-
tion of the Earth's surface of about eight to 12 inches."
The undersea activities also shifted the Earth's ro-
tation and shortened the length of a day by 2.68 micro-
"More spectacularly," according to the encyclope-
By Paul-R 9at
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dia folks, "there was 33-foot movement laterally and
13- to 16-foot shift vertically along the fault line. Early
speculation was that some of the smaller islands south-
west of Sumatra may have moved southwest by up to
66 feet, and there were also calculations that the north-
ern tip of Sumatra may have moved up to 118 feet
The earthquake also dramatically changed the to-
pography of the sea bottom in the area. A Royal
Navy vessel surveyed the sea bed in February 2005
and found "thrust ridges almost a mile high, which
have collapsed in places to produce large landslides
several miles across. One landslide consisted of a
single block of material some 300 feet high and 1.25
miles long. The force of the displaced water was
such that individual blocks of rock, massing millions
of tons apiece, were dragged as much as 7 miles
across the sea bed."
Restoration efforts closer to home
The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services
Commission has awarded a $1.7 million federal grant
to restore oyster reefs damaged by Hurricane Ivan last
"The restoration project involves the construction
of oyster reef habitat in a number of Florida's Gulf
Coast estuaries, including in Escambia Bay, East Bay,
Choctawhatchee Bay, West .Bay, North Bay,
Apalachicola Bay, Oyster Bay, Suwannee Sound-and
Waccacassa Bay," according to the agriculture com-
mission. "The project is designed to reju\ enate li sher)
habitat, enhance oyster production and facilitate recov-
ery of damaged fisheries habitat."
Hurricane Ivan, as you may remember, hit the
Florida-Alabama border with 135-mph winds and was
-the second-most powerful storm to make landfall in
Florida last August-September.
No pain now pass the butter
A new study by scientists in Norway has concluded
that lobsters don't feel any pain when they're dunked:
in a pot of boiling water, according to the Associated
The study was commissioned and funded by the
Norwegian government as it determines whether crea-
tures without backbones should be included in animal
Calling all runners
Bradenton Runners Club will present a 12- At the start, participants will do short runs
week "Learn to Run" beginning March 15 to help with longer walk breaks. Overtime, they will build
beginning runners build from minimal physical to mostly running. In addition to the walk-and-run
exercise to run/walk a 5K (3.1 mile) race sessions, the club will assist new runners with as-
The program is aimed at adults of all ages who pects of running such as running form,-pacing,
would like to start running for fun and health but safety, stretching and warmup, appropriate run-
aren't sure how to start or build up their distance, nirig shoes and clothing, hydration and nutrition.
The program will have two classes per week, For more information, call program director
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown Bradenton Rae Ann Darling-Reed at 727-2985 or Bradenton
library, and 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Manatee Runners Club President Neil Longhurst at 778-
County Beach. 1171.
welfare legislation there. Its findings back up what
Maine biologists and fishers have maintained for years.
As one scientist at the Maine Atlantic Salmon
Commission put it,."It's a semantic thing: No brain, no
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
has targeted lobster cooking within its Fish Empathy
Project with bumper stickers that proclaim "Being
Boiled Hurts. Let Lobsters Live," and regularly picket
lobster festivals in the northeast.
Another critter worry
A new scientific argument has been made that
those mechanical baby swings that entertain infants and
briefly free parents' hands can trigger a dog to attack
the child swinging due to the repetitive motion.
A forensic scientists postulated the theory, backed
he said by at least five dog attacks on infants in the
swings, three of them fatal.
"Think about dogs chasing cars or tennis balls," the
doctor told the Associated Press. "They can't control
their behavior: They just go."
True, several of the attacks were from pit bulls, not
generally one of the more cuddly breeds, but almost all
dog experts agree that it's not a good idea to leave a
child unattended around a house pet.
Raccoon rabies vaccine air drops
Wildlife officials took to the air last week in an at-
tempt to vaccinate raccoons north of Tampa Bay for ra-
Airplanes and helicopters were used to drop 700,000
matchbook-size pellets of vaccine containing fish meal in
six counties. The plan is for coons to sniff out the stuff,
gobble it down and become immune to rabies.
The plan was first tried in Europe to get rid of ra-
bies in foxes and it seemed to work well there. The
Florida program costs about $750,000 a year, accord-
ing to the Tampa Tribune.
The stuff is harmless.to coons, dogs and other
And on a lighter note
Here's an Internet funny among "things not to say
to a police officer who pulls you:over while e driving."
"I can't reach my license unless you hold my
"Sorry, officer, I didn't realize my radar detector
wasn't plugged in." :
"Aren't you the guy from the Village-People?" ,.
"Hey, you must've been doin' about 125 mph to
keep up with me. Good job!"
"Are you Andy or Barney?" :
"I thought you had to be in relatively good:physi-
cal condition to be a police officer.":' :;:
"You're not gonna'check the trunk, are.you?"'
"I pay your salary!"
"Gee, officer, that's terrific! The last officer only
gave me a warning, too!"
"Do you know why you pulled me over? OK, just
so one of us does."
S"I was trying to keep up with traffic. Yes, I know
there are no other cars around. That's how far ahead of
me they are."
"When the officer says 'Gee son, your eyes look
red, have you been drinking?' you probably shouldn't
respond with, 'Gee, officer your eyes look glazed -
have you been eating doughnuts?"
Here's a quote from the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson:
"I have spent half my life trying to get away from
journalism,.but I am still mired in it a low trade and
a habit worse than heroin, a strange seedy world full of
misfits and drunkards and failures."
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Trout, reds rule in bays; grouper still great offshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
It's trout in the bays, grouper still offshore, and
sheepshead everywhere right now as far as the fishing
action is concerned.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler's Repair on Cortez
Road said he's finding big trout to 24 inches in Miguel
Bay, as well as redfish to 22 inches, all caught on arti-
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said sheepshead
are No. 1 in the fish parade right now, with the larger
females starting to hit the hook better as the winter
weather continues. Snook fishing has been turning
from fair to excellent, with white bait working best as
an attractor. Offshore, grouper and snapper remain an
excellent catch in waters within the 40-foot depths out
in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said sheepshead
are starting to really hit now, with some coming in up
to 4 pounds, and there are also good reports of floun-
der to 15 inches in length.
Cliff Alcorn at the Anna Maria City Pier said
action there includes sheepshead, some keeper-size
snook and night fishing is really starting to improve.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
sheepshead are a good bet for bay fishers, and there are
lots of trout coming back from Terra Ceia Bay, plus
some small bonnethead sharks and black drum from the
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy. Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's putting
his charters onto excellent catches of snook, all keep-
ers, on almost every trip out. Other action featured
sheepshead and reds by the piers and docks in the bays.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports are
coming in on good-size trout from Palma Sola Bay,
sheepshead around the bridges and piers and lots of
redfish on the higher tides from the shorelines in the
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include
seabass, silver trout, flounder, small grouper and plenty
of sheepshead from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge pier
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said he's catching lots
and lots of snook, redfish and trout.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said "fishing has been exceptional in be-
tween the fronts, especially for big red grouper. Our
clients have been catching large red grouper up to 30
pounds, gag grouper to 18 pounds, amberjack to 30
pounds, mangrove snapper to 5 pounds, yellowtail
snapper to 3 pounds, as well as some small sharks and
bonita." He's been fishing in 60- to 135-feet of water
off of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, using live
baits and frozen sardines.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's Bait & Tackle in Cortez said he's catching
cobia off the beaches, trout to 24 inches in the backwa-
ter and reds near the docks in Palma Sola Bay. Sheep-
shead to 6 pounds are a good bet as well, plus grouper
near the Intracoastal Waterway.
On my boat Magic, we've caught lots of redfish to
27 inches with most trips producing up to 15 hookups.
There are also good catches coming into the deck of
Captain Steven Salgado
Lifetime experience in local waters
Full & Half Day Trips
Custom Trips Available
Fishing License, Ice, Bait &
Anna Maria Island
EARLY RISER SPECIAL
$ASO Tues Fri
$55 Until Noon
GREEN FEE AND CART
$45 Noon-2 pm
GREEN FEE AND CART
$25 After 2pm
GREEN FEE AND CART
Awesome African pompano
John Miller of Bradenton Beach, left, caught this 28-pound African pompano while fishing with Capt. Scott
Greer aboard the Stray Dog Charters. Pictured with Miller is first mate Wes Francis.
by the Anna
sheepshead to 4 pounds and sharks to 36 inches, all
caught with shrimp.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide.
Call him at 723-1107 to provide fishing report. Prints
and digital images of your catch are also welcome and
DEEip SEA FISHIiNG
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For Reservations Call 795-1930
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Backwater Near Shore Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook Redfish Trout Flounder Mackerel Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing Reservations a must
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand USCG Licensed
may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Please
include identification for persons in the picture along with
information on the catch and a name and phone number
for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once
they appear in the paper.
CUSTOM DOCKS SEAWALLS BOAT LIFTS
Design Build Permitting
Sales Service Supplies
12044 Cortez Rd., W. CRC049564
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STERLING SILVER JEWELRY at Cosmic S.ense
Jewelry, booth 228-230 at Red Barn Flea Market.
(941) 745-9010. 15 percent off with ad. Visit us at
www.Floridasilverjewelry.com. Free shipping.
BICYCLES: Men's and ladies' 10-speed. Big tires,
like new. $35. (941) 792-3775.
FOR SALE: QUEEN headboard and bedrails, Lex-
ington Heritage, white-washed oak. Like new! $250.
Call (941) 778-4081.
TECHNICS KEYBOARD with bench, stool, case, trans-
former and peddle. $425. New $1,700. (941) 795-4590.
BRITISH MYSTERY BOOKS: Mint condition,
signed, first editions. Come see at Islander's Market,
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Dolphin Plaza.
BABY CRIB: dark wood, new mattress, sheet, cloth
bumper. $50. (941) 778-7672.
LOVESEAT, BASSETT RATTAN, floral print, $150.
Coffee and sofa tables, washed oak, $175/set. (941)
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES available at The Islander,
assorted varieties, $3.50 box. All proceeds paid to
local Girl Scout troop.
FREE DELIVERY to your home or condo: Shrimp,
crabs, native fish. Prompt delivery to your door. Call
James Lee, (941) 795-1112 or 704-8421.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday, 9:30am-2pm. Saturday, 9am-noon. Always
sales racks. Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. (941) 779-2733.
YARD SALE: 9am-1pm Friday-Saturday, March 4-
5. 5605 Carissa St., Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE: 8am-noon Thursday, Friday, Sat-
urday. Nice furniture, tools, ceramic tile, beautiful
artwork, miscellaneous. 106 Third St. N., Bradenton
One of the biggest names
in mortgages is right in
your own backyard.
~W hen you choose Chase you
are guaranteed by a variety
of products offered by one of the
nation's top mortgage lenders.
Plus, the knowledge of loan ,
officers like Ron Hayes who
are familiar with and dedicated
to your local community. RONHAYES
So, whatever your mortgage
needs fixed rate, adjustable rate, jumbo, govern-
ment, call Ron locally for a free consultation at
(941) 761-9808 (24 hours) or (800) 559-8025.
Manhattan Mortgage Corporation
S '-, Priaea3 courtyard entry in-
c ludeS d nall created pool.
f i 6BR 4BA gourmet kitchens,
central vacuums and garages.
Otrice Ion in upper suite opens
to sun deck with Gulf and bay
--I I I.AN icely landscaped, great
i 1,ll'111i1; o condition. 4BR/4BA, privacy
fenced backyard with
heated pool. Lots of storage,
SEASONAL RENTALS AVAILABLE NOW!
2BR/1 BA condo, 2905 61st St., $1,800/month
2BR/2BA villa, 428 62nd St., $2,000/month
2BR/2BA duplex, 207 70th St., $2,500/month
arina Pointe 314 Pine Avenue
lanna OInte Anna Maria
Rea y Co. (941) 779-0732
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ESTATE SALE: 9:30am-2pm Friday, March 4. 5800
De Palmas, Holmes Beach. Take Marina to 58th
Street, turn left to De Palmas. Glass top and
wrought-iron dinette and coffee tables, pine buffet
and dresser; lamps, cedar chest, wrought-iron
double. bed, loveseat, stained-glass equipment,
decorative accessories. Sale conducted by Palma-
Sola Appraisals & Sales. Numbers given out at 8am.
QUALITY GARAGE SALE: 8am-2pm Saturday,
March 5. 6807 Holmes Blvd, Holmes Beach. Furni-
ture, clothes, tools, jewelry, lots more!
TWO-FAMILY YARD sale: Thursday, Friday, Satur-
day, maybe Sunday. Huge variety of household
items. Lots of ladies clothing, sizes 4, 6 and 8. 304
56th Street, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9am-3pm Saturday,
March 5. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens,
tools, books, white elephants, furniture. Come and
have lunch with us. Mt. Vernon clubhouse, 4701 In-
dependence Drive S., off Cortez Road.
TOURIST APPRECIATION SALE: Niki's Gifts &
Antique Mall, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Select
gifts and antiques, 25-50 percent off. All sterling jew-
elry 50 percent off. Open seven days, 9:30am-5pm.
LOST CELL PHONE with black leather case in
Holmes Beach on Saturday, Feb. 26. Please call
MISSING: 17-lb. male cat, proximity of 72nd Street,
Holmes Beach. Information, (941) 720-1192. Reward!
FOUND: Female cat. Long hair, declawed, North
.Shore Drive area of Anna Maria. (941) 779-0618.
FOUND: SEIKO watch, Bradenton Beach, Feb. 23.
Please call to identify, (941) 778-5476.
CHECK US OUT AT www.islander.org !
FOR SALE: Enjoy the stunning Gulf views and glo-
rious sunsets from this 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
The beach is located directly across the street.
Soaring ceilings in master bedroom, walk-in
closet, updated fixtures, hurricane window film,
and storage galore. Enjoy the private heated pool
while sitting on your garden terrace. $449,500.
Paul T. Collins, PA L I
Countrywide Home Loans is close by and ready
to help you get the home of your dreams.
S Competitive rates.
[ Local experts with the power to say "YES" to
your home loan.
[ Up-front approval* at the time of application.
SAs little as no-to-low down payment options
available to make qualifying easier.
SLoan amounts to $6 million.
SConstruction financing available.
Home Loan Consultant
401 Manatee Ave. W. Holmes Beach
EQUAL HOUSING LENDER 2003 COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. TRADE/SERVICE MARKS ARE THE
PROPERTY OF COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION AND/OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES. ADD APPROPRIATE
STATE, LEGAL. UP-FRONT APPROVAL SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY PROPERTY REVIEW AND NO CHANGE IN
FINANCIAL CONDITION. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL STATES. PRICES AND GUIDELINES
ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. RESTRICTIONS APPLY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
BINGO! Annie Silver Community Center. Play Thurs-
day through March 31, 7pm. Prizes, refreshments.
Everyone welcome! Smoke free. 103 23rd St., Cor-
ner of Avenue C and 23rd Street, Bradenton Beach.
For information, call (941) 778-1915.
YOGA-PILATES Anna Maria Art League. 9am Mon'-
.day, Yoga/Pilates; 9 am Thursday, Yoga. Instructor,
Preston Whaley-Jr. Information, 778-3996.
LET JANE AND her staff at Niki's Island Treasures
conduct your estate sale or run a house sale, 35
years experience. Formerly Madison's LTD of
Sarasota. Call Jane (941) 778-4451 for appointment.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND SCREENSAVER! Experience
the Island on your computer desktop. Available at The
Islander, or purchase online or order by mail. $12 PC
or$15 Mac. www.robertsondesignstudio.com.
AMI KIWANIS CLUB fruit orders benefit Island chil-
dren. Order delicious oranges and grapefruit pack-
ages for shipment to friends and family from mem-
ber Rich Bohnenberger, (941) 778-0355. Order
through May 2005.
NEED A GIFT? Artists will design and create.unique
art, stained glass, paintings, painted furniture and
more! Restless Natives; Island Shopping Center,
5314 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 779-2624.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a person-
alized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park.
Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Pick up form at The
Islander or call (941) 518-4431 for more information.
FREE GUN LOCK. Just for the asking. Courtesy of
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-mis-
sion. Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe. i
LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Condo-
miniums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies available
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
THERE'S A TREASURE
t":Bs fl ANNA MARIA ISLAND -.3";_
FIND IT FOR YOU!
6 4LIw'IIrEIEr.,M LL:
- 3001 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach, FI 34217
WESTBAY POINT &
Tennis Courts and
Hot Tub with
on the island
TWO UNITS AVAILABLE NOW!
2BR/2BA upstairs unit with tiled entry and tiled kitchen.
Glass-enclosed lanai with a view of greenbelt and water. Includes
covered parking and partial furnishings. $450,000.
2BR/2BA downstairs end unit. Great views of the canal and greenbelt
from the lanai. Protected by electric storm shutters. Many newer
appliances are included. $495,000.
Call Dick Maher or Dave Jones for a private viewing.
,;'-'Parad ie e
THE ISLANDER MAR. 2, 2005 U PAGE 29
Island Basketball Stars
Sotsmanship awards went to Whitney Bauer, Most Valuable Player honors went to Alisha Ware,
*. 1nt o *ine \]er, Premier Division; Celia Ware, Division I; and
Division I, and Sarah Howard, Division II. Not C W D
Martine Miller, Division II. Not pictured was Justin
pictured is Spencer Carper. Islander Photos: Cour- Martine Miller, Division II. Not pictured ws Justin
tesy Anna Maria Island Community Center. Gargett, Division II
Defense Most Valuable Player awards went to Josh Elsenhimier, Premier Boy and girl division MVPs: Justin Gargett, Martine Miller, Celia Ware, Alisha
Division; Corbin Kitchen, Division I; Ashley Waring-Kayla Aritt, Division II; Ware, Hailey Dearlove, Chris Callahan, Justin Dearlone-Grant Lukitch, and Clay
and Taylor Wilson, Division III. Orr-Davis Buck.
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HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS for sale. 18-years
experience. Complete on-the-job certified training.
One full year's support free. Probable earnings
$100,000 first year, $200,000 with two employees.
Exceptional opportunity for a man or woman to run
from home office located anywhere. $75,000,
$45,000 down and seller will finance $30,000, or
$60,000 cash. (941) 778-4606 or (407) 467-8666.
CRITTER SITTER nine years in pet care. 24 years
S as an Island resident. Lots of TLC for your beloved
pets with in-home visits. (941) 778-6000.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes. All
are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
SPlease call (941) 922-0774.
1986 PORSCHE 928S. Excellent condition! Sunroof,
power steering, ABS brakes, automatic transmission.
$11,900. All maintenance records. 73,000 miles.
Contact Randy (941) 737-1134.
2001 PT CRUISER: 50,000 miles. Purple, sunroof,
ice-cold air, leather interior. Garage kept. $9,500.
FOR SALE: 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, 22,000 miles,
great condition, warranty. $12,300. (941) 778-2581.
1990 ECONOLINE 150 VAN, cold air conditioning,
has towing package. Ready for travel. Runs great!
$1,800, or best offer. (941) 778-1102.
1991 GRADY WHITE 190 Tournament, Yamaha
130-hp, 2004 aluminum tandem-axle trailer. Runs
great! Seats eight, livewell, three covers, clean.
$8,900 or best offer. (941) 778-4029.
1995 EVINRUDE 200 HP. All cables, control box,.
key switch, propeller. Less than 100 hours on rebuild.
$3,500. (941) 723-1107.
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Tina Rudek (941) 920-0303
1992 HUNTER SAILBOAT: 23.5 foot..2003 Honda
four-stroke. 15-hp with power tilt; Water ballast,
trailerable, walk through transom, swing keel, new
bottom paint. $6,500. (941) 779-2129.
LONG AFTER THE effects of a cheap-job fade, lin-
ger the reality of poor product and craftsmanship!
Fiberglass, gelcoat, cosmetic, structural repairs.
Full restorations. www.TommySolomon.com. (941)
2002 SEA.RAY 182 Bowrider, like new! 18 foot, 6
inches. 190-hp stern drive, seats seven, tons of fun!
Call (941) .778-6234, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. $13,750 or best offer.
.1976 BUCANEER 32-foot center cockpit sailboat
Florida cruiser. Four-foot draft, new Yanmar engine,
sails, television, microwave. $12,000 or best offer. Call
Steve (941) 778-2100, e-mail captnse @netzero.com.
SAILBOAT: 22-foot swing keel, new main and sail
cover, 5-hp Honda outboard. $2,750. Call'Gabe
14-FOOT sailboat with trailer, $490. (941) 778-6561.
PROLINE 2002: 22-walk, 200-hp, fully equipped,
Porta-Potty, cabin, top condition, low hours.
$23.000. Call for details, (941) 778-0025.
1986 CARVER MONTEGO: 27-foot, twin 190-hp
Mercruiser, Ceranfield 120-volt alcohol. All electron-
ics, water heater, WC tank, refrigerator. Was
$24,900, now $14,900 (941) 778-6561.
LET'S GO FISHING! Call Capt. Mike Heistand on
the charter boat "Magic." Full or half day backwater
fishing. USCG licensed. Ice, bait, tackle provided.
CHILD SITTER AND PET SITTER. Ninth-grade
male looking for a job. Available after school and
weekends. Call Zachary, (941) 779-9783.
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NEED A CHILD or pet'sitter? Call one number and
get connected to three wonderful sitters! Tiffany,
Kari, Holly. (941) 778-3275 or 779-0793..
BABYSITTER: RED CROSS babysitting and first-
aid certified. Enjoys playing .with: :kids. Call
Alexandra, (941) 778-5352.: ,
SPENCER'S SKIM SCHOOL for beginners and in-
termediates. Free skimboard use with lessons. $10
per half-hour lesson, three lessons recommended.
Local teen, team competitor. Call-(941): 778-0944.
PETSITTER, DOG WALKER, 13-year-old mother's
helper, odd jobs. Call Kendall at (941) 779-9783 or
EXPERIENCED BABYSITTER with CPR license, 14
years old, friendly and responsible. (941) 778-2469.
13-YEAR-OLD girl will babysit all ages in your
home. Reasonable rates and knows CPR. Call Jes-
sica Lord, (941) 747-2495.
BABYSITTER: Responsible 10th-grader, great with
kids, first-aid certified. Charlotte, (941) 756 5496.
REAL ESTATE: Tired of paying office fees? Two
experienced agents needed for fast-paced, high
traffic Island office. Top splits, sign-on bonus. Call
Wedebrock Real Estate today! "Personalized, not
Franchised. Call Joe Pickett, (941) 383-5543.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Restau-
rant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call(941)
DOMINOS PIZZA: NOW hiring delivery driver. Able
to work until 1am for closes. Average pay $15-$18'
hour. Tips and mileage paid nightly. Pre-empioy-
ment drug test and good driving a must. Apply after
4pm, 5606 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HOUSEKEEPER: 18-unit hotel. MF.ust speak En-
glish, have own transportation, weekends a must,
(941) 778-1010,,ext. 0.
The Neal Team
Dr. Nelson Neal
Coldwell Banker Previews
423 St. Armands Circle Sarasota
Mike Nlorman Realty
ets 'Sales .Record
Mike Norman Realty listed and sold
more properties over $1 million dollars in
2004 than any other realtor on the island.
Documented by records from
theManatee County Board of Realtors,
this was no small feat, considering there
are 28 real estate companies on Anna
Mike Norman Realty is also the
largest vacation rental company on the
Island with more than 350 properties.
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ANNIE'S HOME FOR the elderly needs a caregiver
to work weekends at our small facility on the Island.
Other hours may be available at one of our other
facilities. (941) 778-7842.
BUSY CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT hiring full- or
part-time servers for lunch, Sunday brunch and din-
ner. Wednesday-Sunday. Apply at 5406 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach or call (941) 778-5320.
HELP WANTED: KEY Royale Club needs a part-
time server and counter person. Drug-free work
place. No evenings. Golf privileges. Apply in person,
700 Key Royale Drive, or call (941) 778-3055.
DELIVERY: WE NEED several people for immedi-
ate delivery of the Island to Island Directory. Great
compensation. Must have own truck or SUV. Call
HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED: Must have own trans-
portation. Great per job rate. Seasonal OK. Call
Rhonda after 5pm, (941) 779-0793.
GROUNDS CREW MEMBER for condo complex in
north Longboat Key. Year-round part time or full time.
Hours flexible, but include Saturday. Dependable,
friendly, handy, honest, energetic and able to follow di-
rections. Opening immediately available. Call (941) 383-
5454 for job description, application and interview time.
PART-TIME SECRETARY/receptionist needed
three days a week. Light computer skills needed.
Call Mike Norman Realty (914) 778-6696.
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OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST for church
office, AP/AR and QuickBooks needed, plus knowl-
edge of other software helpful. 26-28 hours/week
with competitive salary. Please e-mail resume
email@example.com or fax (941) 383-8574,
attention Anna Maria Wissinger, office manager.
PART-TIME HELP wanted for custom bead/jewelry
shop on the Island. Retail experience a must; bead-
ing experience a plus. Call (941) 779-0779.
NURSE NEEDED FOR medical care and personal
assistance. Four-six hours/day, four-five days/week.
Flexible schedule OK. Experience and references
required. Nice position for retired nurse. Please call
EXPERIENCED COOK needed immediately for
popular Island restaurant. Breakfast and lunch. Ap-
ply at Fit to Eat Restaurant, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. (941) 778-0411.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Meet interesting people,
learn the history of the Island. Anna Maria Island.
Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
CLASSIFIEDS ADS work best in The Islander. More
ads mean better results for the advertiser and a bet-
ter read newspaper! More rentals, more real estate,
more service and home improvement businesses.
You get more for your money from "the best news on
RETIRED NURSE/CAREGIVER available. No lifting.
Evenings, overnights. References. Reasonable.
MAN WITH SHOVEL Plantings, natives, cabbage
palms, patio gardens, trimming, clean-up, edgings,
more. Hard-working and responsible. Excellent ref-
erences. Edward (941) 778-3222.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Shopping, medical appoint-
ments,-airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Sunshine
Car Service. Serving the Islands. (941) 778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. (941)
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING for great results,
wash away mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable,
reliable. Free estimates, licensed, insured. (941)
CONNECT-ICON Your local computer specialist.
Experienced certified technician for communication
electronics offers wireless and cable networks, up-
grades, maintenance, repairs, tutoring and training.
Call Robert, (941) 778-3620.
LOOKING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
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buyers and sellers with
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INVESTORS/DEVELOPERS! PRIME LOCATIONS!
R-2 lot 89x100 feet, located in the 200 block, one lot back from Gulf Drive
in Holmes Beach. Build two villas/condos with views of the Gulf or reno-
vate existing duplex. Separate addresses! Won't last long! $749,000.
BRING YOUR BOAT SHOES AND
300 feet from the beach! Completely renovated
home with heated pool surrounded by lush,
tropical landscaping. Beautiful flooring, natu-
ral stone and red Oak. Tastefully turnkey fur-
nished. Perfect beach house! Separately deeded
deep water boat dock included! $829,000.
Property Management and Leasing
l Manatee AILS as of 2/16/05 Total Island Properties For Sale: 222
M Nledii Price: $793.000
Total Pendine: 99 Median Price: $595.000
Total Sold Since 1/1/05: 30 Median Price: $565,000
How can we preserve your investment?
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CALL DAN'S RESCREEN for your free estimate
today. Affordable rates, quality work guaranteed.
Pool cages, lanais, windows, doors.. Call (941)
SCOTT'S HANDYMAN SERVICES: Remodeling
and repair. Free estimate, many references. Island
resident. (941) 713-1907 cell, (941) 778-5427
home. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
INCOME TAX SERVICE: Individuals and small
businesses. We do all states and electronic filing.
Call Pat (941) 761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
JACKSON HOLMES PAINTING: The Island's hon-
est and dependable painting service. Interior, ex-
S terior, faux painting, cabinet refinishing. Refer-
ences. Free estimates. (941) 795-2771.
ESP CLEANING: Elite Service Professionals. Resi-
dential and commercial cleaning. Maria and Steve
do the job and guarantee satisfaction, insured:
MR. BILL'S HOME REPAIR/maintenance service.
Over 30 years experience, self-employed in con-
struction trades. "I'm handy to have around." (941)
LTD MORTGAGE INC.
The Oldest Mortgage Co. on Anna Maria Island
Linda G. Davis Ted E. Davis
Licensed Mortgage Brokers
SConforming and jumbo loans.
1st and 2nd mortgages.
No closing cost home equity lines of credit.
100% purchase money mortgages.
SResidential and commercial mortgages.
Private money available for those
502 72nd Street
RESIDENTIAL CLEANING: Serving the Island and
Bradenton. Free estimates and references. Punc-
tual and dependable. Call Gabi, (941) 722-4866 or
DO YOU NEED tree work done on your property?
We can help! Call Lew, (941) 755-5559. Serving the
Island seven years.
KATHY & MIKE'S cleaning service. Delivering a
standard of excellence for all your cleaning needs.
Residential and rental clients welcome. For a free
estimate, please call (941) 722-4358.
WEST COAST NUISANCE Wildlife service: Critter
problems and nuisances. Raccoons our specialty!
Live trapped and relocated. State licensed by
F.W.C. (941) 778-3455 or mobile 24-hour emer-
TOM'S WINDOWS: Door and window repairs and
replacement. Sales, service, parts. E-mail
email@example.com. (941) 730-1399.
Package of potential on Holmes Beach. Long
established island pizzeria for sale. Ready to make a
profit for you. Serious inquiries only. $199,000.
Call Quentin Talbert 941-704-9680.
COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR LEASE
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ACROSS FROM BEACH on Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach. Completely upgraded block
building with newer A/C, electrical, plumbing, three
bathrooms, 12 parking spaces. 2,970 square feet.
Call for details 941-240-2694.
Kathy Geeraerts, Realtor
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MARKEY REALTY & ASSOCIATES
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.. Breathtaking view of
Tampa Bay and the Sky-
way Bridge. This bayfront
home can be either single
family or duplex. Ameni-
B ties are identical on both
levels. Luxury features
throughout. Elevator takes you from ground level pool
area to both floors above.
A MUST SEE! 232 S. Harbor Drive, $1,500,000.
JOHN ZIRZOW 778-9171 OFFICE 753-1620
Virtual Tour at www.flrealtour.com/mls502440/realtor
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216 PO Box 2150 (941) 778-2291
EVENINGS 778-2632 FAX (941) 778-2294
ENCHANTING COTTAGE NEAR THE SEA
This captivating 3BR/2BA hideaway is located on the secluded north end of Anna Maria,
steps to the beach. Spacious split bedroom design, French doors, ceramic tiled floors, open
kitchen with oak cabinets and white appliances, vaulted ceilings in the master suite, walk-
in closet, paddle fans and lush tropical landscaping. $825,000 furnished.
KEY WEST-STYLE HIDEAWAY
Beautifully remodeled 3BR/3BA, Key West style pool home on lushly landscaped lot at
north end of Anna Maria. Great room floor plan, beamed cathedral ceilings, ceramic tiled
floors, white kitchen with Corian countertops and breakfast bar, french doors, covered
verandas, heated swimming pool, private elevated master suite with cathedral ceilings,
walk-in closet, and Jacuzzi tub in the master bath. $875,000.
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One year old, excellent
income producer. 5BR/
5BA, elevator, swimming
pool; private dock, 4-car
garage. Owner financing.
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941-778-7978 or www.islander.org
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Beautifully maintained! Owner occupied duplex reflects pride
of ownership and includes 2BR/1 BA each unit with 840 sf
owner's side and rental unit 576 sf. Immaculate structure,
brand new roof, 12x16 utility convenient to rear unit plus
lovely fenced back yard. Tranquil location with Gulf beach ac-
cess only a few steps away and close walk to bay. Asking
$625,000. By appointment.
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75-foot direct Gulf front plus 2BR/1 BA furnished beach house
on Anna Maria's north end. Open plan, beamed
ceiling, wood burning fireplace and a bright cheerful kitchen
with breakfast nook. Great Gulf views from all living area and
bedrooms. Deck offers tranquil spot for waterfront dining and
evening sunsets. Perfect tropical island get away. Reduced to
MARIE 7 LIC REAL ESTATE
FRANKLIN REALTY BROKER
"We ARE the Island."
9805 Gulf Drive PO Box 835 Anna Maria, Florida 34216
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
LEARN HOW TO use your computer: Training one-
on-one. Basic to advanced. Microsoft certified,
Longboat Key resident. Minimum two hours. (941)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kelley Ragan. Custom por-
traits, weddings, beach photography. Information at
Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MURALIST, Mark Burdette. Custom murals, interior
or exterior, landscapes and more. Information at
Restless Natives, (941) 779-2624.
MUSIC LESSONS! Flute, saxophone, clarinet.
Beginning to advanced. Contact Koko Ray, (941)
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and
personalized service, call William Eller, (941) 795-
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2BA, fireplace, 40' and 48'
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bonus room. Plus 2BR
2BA, porch, carport.
Rented at $850 month.
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CANAL FRONT CONDO:
; Eijoy breathtaking sunsets :.rr, .'.iur'screened lanai overlook-
ing a canal. Updated, furnished 2BR/2BA cbndo in move-in
condition. Heated pool and spa, tennis courts and lush tropi-
M i.Cl urir:,undrind irk l.. this a perfect is-
,-W. !and retreat. $485,000. IB#304847.
GOLF FRONT CONDO
'BR.'2B furrishd.'. condJj d;i.-re\ on
the golf course in excellent condition,
screened lanai and lush tropical sur-
roundings. Heated pool and spa, tennis
court, sauna, clubhouse, exercise room
and billiards. Close to beach, shopping
and hospital. $189,900. IB#505061.
(941) 751-1155 (800) 448-6325
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125 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach toll tree (866) 316-7253
SPurchase or Refinance
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LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! Older
mobile home to rehab or replace. Third house from
the bay with beautiful view. Deeded rights to boat
ramp. Lot 75x130. $225,000.
GULFFRONT Spectacular views up and down the
beach. Newer home offers 3BR/2BA, four-car ga-
rage, granite countertops, plasma television, fire-
place, hurricane shutters, turnkey furnished and
room for a pool.
BAYFRONT 10,000 sf of land. Large dock with deep
water. 2,444 sf house, 2BR/2BA with large Florida
room New air conditioning, new tile floor, fresh paint.
GULFFRONT DUPLEX Wonderful ground level,
2BR/1BA, each side turnkey furnished. Large
screened porches and sundeck. Excellent rental his-
tory. easily converted to 1680+/- single family home.
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KEY ROYAL CANAL Remodeled 3BR/2BA, tile
throughout, new carpet in bedrooms, all new appli-
ances, new kitchen and bathrooms. Canal end with
great view to Bimini Bay. Very large lot with room for
pool or expansion.
ON THE GI e....- et1 y remodeled. Tile floors
throughout. Great views! 2BR/2BA, completely turn-
key furnished. Large pool, covered parking.
BAYFRONT Panoramic view of the bay. Very pri-
vate, lush landscaping. 2 BR/2BA. Hardwood Floors.
Very large master BA with jacuzzi and walk in shower.
Big garage and workshop, screened porch facing the
bay. Dock with 10,000 lb davits.
REAL ESTATE LLC
ISLAND TOWN HOUSE
2BR/1BA courtyard-patio town house. Cen-
tral Holmes Beach ,very close to.shopping, res-
taurants and beach. Open plan, breakfast bar,
porch, balcony, renovated. Excellent rental. No
condo fees. $469,000.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO
1BR/1.5BA Seaside Beach House condo.
Turnkey furnished in intimate, private com-
plex with gorgeous view of Gulf. Very nicely
furnished, Sautillo tile, beautiful walking
beach, heated pool, excellent rental. $950,000.
2BR/1.5BA plus 1BR/1BA and 2BR/1BA.
Great investment! Watch the sunset as you col-
lect rent from these charming units. Easy to
see, call for appointment. Just steps to beauti-
ful beach. $749,000.
3BR/2BA home in Summerfield Village, Lake-
wood Ranch. Open floor plan, eat-in kitchen,
breakfast bar, maple cabinets, pantry, vaulted
ceiling, walk-in closets, fenced yard, room for
pool, sidewalks. $279,900.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX
2BR/1BA each. Very close to beautiful beach.
One-car garage, patio. One unit turnkey fur-
nished. Appliances both sides. Utility with.
washer/dryer, residential area, room for pool.
KEY WEST-STYLE WITH BOAT DOCK
3BR/2.5BA plus den and office. Charming
home, large lot, fenced yard, screened porch,
balcony. Breakfast bar, dining room, large mas-
ter bedroom and bath with Jacuzzi tub.
Deeded boat slip with private dock. Holmes
From $700 / month
Condos/Homes: $500 week / $1,000 month
779-0202 (800) 732-6434
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REAL ESTATE LLC
Island Shopping Center 5402 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217 www.suncoastinc.com
Sof Anna Maria Inc.
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and turnkey furnished.
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RUNAWAY BAY uJ.ji^j 1 R 16P .:-norc. u1it -tr:- I,-. th-
beach. Great rental property. Turnkey furnished, heated pool,
tennis courts and community fishing dock. $355,600.
ISLAND GETAWAY, beautifully remodeled 2BR/2BA single
family villa, Turnkey furnished. Quiet Holmes Beach location.
One block to the beach and a view of Spring Lake. $377,600.
BEST BUY ON LONGBOAT KEY III 2BR/2BA freestanding villa
with wood floors. Private beach access, marina, boat slips. 55-
LOWEST PRICE CANAL HOME ON LONGBOAT KEYI 2BR/
2BA, large bedrooms, beautiful open-beam vaulted ceilings,
solid wood and tile flooring. No bridges to bay, lots of charac-
ter! Build up for bay views! $625,000.
1 (800)771-6043 (941)778-7244
5309 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
NORTH END, Anna Maria. Recently updated,
ground level 2BR/1BA home located one block to
bay. Enclosed Florida room, screened porch and room
for a pool. $524,900.
100+ Gulffront rental units with hun-
Mike V 800-367-1617
Norm a l 3101 GULF DRIVE
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding!
www.jackelka.com. (941) 778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, (941) 795-0887. MA#0017550.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, (941) 704-6719.
ABOUT GROUT: All repairs and installation. Done
right! Grout cleaning, sealing, staining. Showers,
kitchens, pools, re-caulks. Call Jeff, (941) 545-0128
AUTO DETAILING BY HAND Spotless inside and
out. I can save you time and money. Island resident,
references. For pricing, call (941) 713-5967.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. (941)
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. If it
is broken, we can fix it. Free estimates. Senior dis-
count. Call (941) 778-2581 or 962-6238.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Quality lawn landscape
maintenance, shell, planting, clean-ups, palms
trimmed. Free estimates. References, insured. Call
(941) 778-2335 or 284-1568.
29Years of Professional Service
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REAL ESTATE SHOPPE.
Experience Reputation Results
EXCEPTIONAL DUPLEX 2,368 sf of living area with elevator lift. Owner's
side 2BR/2BA, fireplace, great-room,40x 0-foot and 48x6-foot porches.
Large garage and bonus room. Tenant side has 2BR/2BA with screen porch
and extra storage. New owner can sell units separately. $784,500.
4 UNITS ANNA MARIA Some with bay view. One 2BR, three 1 BR,
room for pool. Great investment. $870,000. OWNER FINANCING.
TOWNHOUSE VILLA 3BR/3BA with two screened balconies and open
balconies on greenbelt adjacent to bay. Spotless, tastefully decorated.
VACATION, SEASONAL & ANNUAL RENTALS
101 PALM New Luxury Villas
5508C MARINA DRIVE 778-0807 800-956-0807
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call (941) 807-1015.
PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN and instal-
lation. Huge selection of plants, shrubs and trees.
Irrigation. Everything Under the Sun Garden Centre,
5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. (941) 778-4441.
SHELL DELIVERED and spread. $35/yard. Hauling:
all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free esti-
mates. Call Larry at (941) 795-7775, "shell phone"
KARAZ LANDSCAPE Lawn Service. Mulch, clean-
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. City of
Anna Maria resident. Cell (941) 448-3857.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and
installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residen-
tial and commercial. 30-years experience. (941)
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE: Installs, clean-
ups, shell, rock, palms, aquascapes, tree work.
Truck for hire, move anything. Shark Mark (941)
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Dan or Bill, (941) 795-5100.
5910 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call (941) 778-0777 or Rentals 778-0770
1-800-741-3772 OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Web site: www.smithrealtors.com
SINGLE FAMILY PLUS Mother-in-law suite, 2BR/1BA
and 1 BR/1BA or convert to 3BR/2BA. New air condi-
tioner, roof, plumbing and exterior paint. Lot zoned R-2 "
to build up. Won't last long! $449,900. Please call Mike
Carleton, Realtor (941) 737-0915 or Michel Cerene, Bro-
ker 545-9591, evenings.
DUPLEX, REDUCED- 2BR/1BA and 2BR/2BA, screened
porch and one-car garage, on each side..Asking
$535,900. Please call Mike Carleton, Realtor (941) 737-
0915 or Michel Cerene, Broker 545-9591, evenings.
You Pick: Family Compound,
Second Home or Vacation Retreat
Offering two lakefront properties in Anna Maria
302 North Shore Dr- 3+BR/3BA with 300 North Shore Dr 4BR/2.5BA du-
1 BR/1 BA apartment. Five-car garage, plex with five-car garage. Private open
one short block to beach, direct beach decks, large picture windows, great
access, peeks of Gulf. Move-in condi- views of lake. Asking $750,000. MLS
tion. Seawall and dock. Zoned duplex. 502297.
Extras! Asking $850,000. MLS
Call Stephanie Bell, (941) 920-5156 or Frank Migliore, (941) 778-2307.
DUPLEX WEST OF
RICE REDUCE GULF DRIVE $685,000
S g -- Call for details,
f Stephanie Bell, Broker
S778-2307 or 920-5156.
[. SERVING THE AREA SINCE 1970 MLS
Gabe Buky Best Teami Charles Buky
941-374-5772 Best Properties! 941-228-6086
625 Ivanhoe Lane
Bay front home. 4BR'3BA. $2,895,000.
871 North Shore Drive
Bay/beach front. Two homes. 5BR/4BA total.
502 Key Royale Drive
Twenrlt foot canal frontage. 2BR 2BA. $550,000.
538 68th Street
Bayfront home, 6BR/6BA, deep sailboat water!
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4 PM
731 Key Royale Drive
Bay front home, 3BR/2.5BA. $1,650,000.
There are 40 homes for sale that are canal or
bayfront on fnna Maria Island, starting at $550,000.
Coldwell Banker Previews
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, FL 34229
JOE UNGVARSKY CONSTRUCTION Remodeling
contractors. In-house.plan designs. State licensed
and insured. Many Island references. (941) 778-
2993. License #CRC 035261.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR PAINTING free esti-
mates. 35-year Island resident.-Call Jim Bickal at
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. (FL#RF0038118) (941) 778-
3924 or 778-4461.
TILE TILE TILE. All variations of ceramic tile sup-
plied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt,
reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, (941)
ROOFING REPAIRS and replacements. Remodel-
ing, repairs, additions, screen rooms, kitchens,
baths. Free estimates. License #CGC061519,
#CCC057977, #PE0020374. Insured. Accepting,
MasterCard/Visa. (941) 720-0794.
CUSTOM RENOVATION/RESTORATION expert.
All phases of carpentry, repairs and.painting. In-
sured. Member of Better Business Bureau. Paul
Beauregard, (941) 779-2294..
KEN & TINA DBA Griffin's Home Improvements Inc.
Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets
and shutters. Insured and licensed. (941) 748-4711.
9 out of 10 calls on our Hidden
Lake condos-are from our
classified ad in The Islander.
99 percent more calls than the
ad in the daily that cost six
times more! Thanks, Islander!
RECONSTRUCTION PRICES! Hidden Lake
condos, Bradenton. Close to beach. Starting at
$259,900. Call Cori Woods, (941) 761-0444.
A:' -j Top Producing Realtor
")A i TollnFree 1-866-587-8559
WESTBAY POINT 6 MOORINGS: Great open feeling to this
beautiful 3BR condo overlooking the canal. Wonderful grounds,
2 pools, hot tubs, tennis. $525,000.
AFFORDABLE BEACH-BAY CONDO: Ground floor end unit by
pool with redesigned kitchen. Own property on the beach and
bay. Heated pool, clubhouse, fishing pier and patio on the bay..
Great community! $339,000.
SUMMER SANDS GULF SIDE: Magnificently upgraded 1900+
SF condo with full gulf views, private beach with pool & hot tub
on the bay. $899,900.
4004 6TH AVE. #4, HOLMES BEACH 1-2BR/2BA condo in
small four-unit building. No association fee, weekly rentals OK.
Close to beaches. $299,900.
2908 AVE. C., HOLMES BEACH: Nicely updated elevated 2 BR/
2 BA home with wood floors, updated bathrooms, wrap around
deck, 2-4 car garage, paver tile drive. Just steps to the beach.
Great house! $529,000. NEW LISTINGI
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE #42: Townhouse nestled in the trees,
community-pool, maintenance free yard. 3 BR/2 BA (split plan)
with 2 car garage plus bonus room. Large pets okay.
Low fees. $525,000.
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TILE, CARPET, LAMINATE supplied and installed.
Why pay retail? Island resident, many references.
Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen Floor
Coverings. (941) 792-1367, or 726-1802.
MASON: 27 YEARS of experience. All masonry work
and repair. Cinderblock work, brick work, glass block
work, paver and brick driveways. Call Chris, (941)
795-3034. License #104776. Insured.
MORENO MARBLE & TILE Installation and restora-
tion. Quality work. Over 20 years experience. In-
sured. Call Javier at (941) 685-5163 or 795-6615.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure
washing and tree trimming. Call (941) 778-6170 or
HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICE: Bill MacCaughem.
Repairs, renovations, kitchens, bathrooms, decks.
Masonry, tile, painting. 30 years experience. Yes, I do
show up! (941) 778-3904.
STEVE'S REMODELING & repair service. Free es-
timates, 35 years experience. (941) 795-1968.
CARL V. JOHNSON JR. Inc Building contractor. New
homes, additions, renovations. Quality work and:fair
prices. Call 795-1947. Lic#RR0066450.
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den, family room and Florid
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steps to pool. IB504218
6016 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton
S(941) 751-1155 (800) 778-8448
Visit our Web site at www.floridamoves.com
119 Beach Avenue
The most perfect beach house on the
West side of Gulf Drive! Cozy 2BR/
2BA, immaculately maintained.
Great street. $789,000.
' s Call Chris and John
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Christine T. Shaw, F ANNSA MARIA SLANo, INC.
John van Zandt,
Realtors 6101 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
PAINTING: SAVE BIG! I will beat any professional
estimate! Work guaranteed. Free estimates. Call
Rick, (941) 778-5806. Leave message.
RICK KUNKEL PAINTING LLC. 28 years experi-
ence. Licensed, insured, references. For an esti-
mate, please call (941) 932-0940 or 792-9597.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free ih-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years ex-
perience. (941) 778-3526:or 730-0516.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., (941) 778-6665 or
VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach, $375 to $500/week. Winter
and spring dates available. Almost Beach Apart-
ments, (941) 778-2374.
VACATION & SEASONAL Private beach. Units are
complete. Rates seasonally adjusted. $425-$975/
week, $975-$2,975/month. (800) 977-0803 or (941)
NORTH SHORE DRIVE beachfront. Four spacious
3BR/2BA homes. Please call (813) 752-4235, or
view Web site: www.AhhSeaBreeze.com
I believe that Real Estate is a business that
requires clear communication. If you appreciate
someone who believes in talking straight, give
-me a call today. Find out why I am one of the
area's leading Real Estate professionals.
A Paradise Realty
.5201 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach
Toll Free: 800-237-2252
Lovingly cared for 2BR/2.5BA townhome offers hardwood
floors and Immaculately remodeled kitchen with built-ins. Eas-
ily converted to 3BR. Living area flows to extended screen
porch for true Florida entertaining. Professionally landscaped
pool area for hours of enjoyment with private outdoor hot and
cold shower. Open decks on all levels with stunning views of the
bay and Gulf sunsets. A must see! Asking $699.000.
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A tropical oasis west of Gulf Dr.. only 100 yards to the beach.
This recently renovated 2BR/I BA cottage features knotty Pine
ceilings, new windows and ceramic tile throughout Enloy this
island paradise with lush landscaping. fruit trees and room for
a pool. Asking $639.000.
Call Liz Codola, Realtor
Real Estate, Inc.
-- 310 Pine Avenue PO B o 1i99 *Anna Man~a, FL 34216
Office 779-0304 Fax 779-0308 Tol Free 866-779-0304
POOL HOME AVAILABLE for vacation let, Near
Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA with all amenities. Man-
aged by Coastal Properties Realty, (941) 794-1515.
CORTEZ COTTAGE fully furnished, nice breezy,
quiet area. Seasonal, $1,700/month, $600/week,
$100/night. (941) 778-8168 or 794-5980.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach, 4BR (two
master suites)/3BA, house on canal. Two minutes to
beach. Heated pool, dock, cable TV,.washer/dryer,
garage, designer furnished with tropical yard setting.
One of the finest rentals on Island. $1,600/weekly or
$6,000/monthly. Call 713-0034 or e-mail:
FULLY FURNISHED VILLA in beautiful Mt. Vernon,
two miles to beaches. 2BR/2BA, no pets, nonsmoking,
age 55-plus. Minimum three months. Peak season,
$2,500/month; annual, $1,500/month. (941) 721-1784.
KING BEDROOM efficiency for rent. Night, weekend,
weekly, seasonal. Private entrance, private deck. Non-
smoking, close to beach. Call 778-3433 or 773-0010.
VACATION-RENTAL: Available April 2005. Holmes
Beach canalfront. 2BR/2BA. Fully furnished. Ga-
rage, laundry, dock, many extras. $800/week,
$2,600/month. Call (813) 286-9814.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA with Gulf and bay
views. $1,100/month. 2319 Avenue B, 778-3875.
SEASIDE BEACH HOUSE
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and in-ground pool. Just steps
from the shores of the Gulf
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Sweeping Gulf views from this
3BR/2BA home with a brand
new pool. Perfect family beach
house on desirable north end.
Just steps to the beach.
Offered at $1,295,000.
Call Green Real Estate today!
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beach. Furnished, annual $1,150/month. Also avail-
able seasonal. (941) 725-1074.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA elevated, unfur-
nished apartment in Holmes Beach. Available now.
Lots of decks, under-building parking, washer/dryer,
storage. $900/month, first, last, security. Credit
check. Call 730-2606.
EL CONQUISTADOR COUNTRY Club: 2BR/2BA,
nicely furnished, cathedral ceilings, screened lanai
overlooking clay tennis courts. Two-story elevator
building, garage and storage with bikes. 2005-06 sea-
son, available for six months, $8,000. (941) 778-3926.
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH: 1BR duplex avail-
able March 2005. Steps to beach and shopping.
Refurbished and nicely decorated. Small pet OK.
Accepting 2006 reservations. (941) 807-5626.
CORTEZ VACATION COTTAGE: Renovated 1BR/
1BA. Available weekly March and April. Nonsmok-
ing. $700/week. (941) 795-8077.
WE ARE BOOKING rentals for 2006: Wide variety of
condos and houses starting at $1,500/month; March
2005 available, 1BR/1BA duplex, $1,500/month;
3BR/3BA condo, $2,800/month. SunCoast Real
Estate, (941) 779-0202. www.suncoastinc.com
WATERFRONT, LONGBOAT KEY: North Shore
Road, 1 BR/1BA, washer/dryer, dock. Available April
$1,500/month; May through December, $1,200/
month. Great view! No pets. (941) 383-6485.
WATERFRONT, ONE and 2BR, newly remodeled,
dock for fishing, walk to beach. (941) 779-9074, or
cell (703) 587-4675. E-mail
UNFURNISHED ANNUAL RENTAL: Holmes Beach
large 2BR/2BA with porch, carport and storage. Well
maintained. $900/month. T. Dolly Young Real Es-
tate, (941) 778-0807.
SAVE MONEY: RENT annual unfurnished and en-
joy a spectacular view from your huge living/dining
area, your floor-to-ceiling plate-glass windows and
30-by-12-foot screened deck, frontingg beach. Bay
and park just steps away with Gulf beach in easy
walking distance. Free trolley for shopping nearby.
3BR, waterfront in north Anna Maria. See for your-
self by calling (941) 748-5334 for details.
ANNUAL: SPACIOUS, bright 2BR/1BA bayview du-
plex. Laundry, patio, ceramic floors. Available April.
$750/month, plus utilities. (941) 779-9470.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Beautiful 3BR/2BA condo with
pool. Pet allowed. $1,400/month. Call Jason, Betsy
Hills Real Estate, (941) 778-2291, or e-mail
FULLY FURNISHED, ABSOLUTELY lovely condo in
beautiful Mt. Vernon on Sarasota Bay. Two miles to
beaches. 2BR/2BA, boat dock, 55-plus, nonsmok-
ing. Annual, $1,350/month; seasonal, $2,400/month.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Annual rental, gated commu-
nity, 2BR/2BA, great water view, pool, tennis, cov-
ered parking. $1,200/month. Call (941) 720-1712.
CHARMING 1BR/1BA apartment in canalfront
home. Washer/dryer, pet friendly, nonsmoking.
Open April 2005 and 2006 season. Call (941)
SEASONAL RENTALS Avaiable now! 2BR/2BA
condo, Perico Bay club, $3,000/month; 3BR/2BA
home, canal, $3,000/month; 2BR/2BA home, canal,
San Remo, $2,700/month. Call Jason Sato, Betsy.
Hills Real Estate, P.A. (941) 778-2291 or e-mail
GREAT SELECTION of vacation rentals! Call Anna
Maria Island Accommodations, (941) 779-0733.
Web site: www.annamariaparadise.com.
HOLMES BEACH 3BR/2BA annual. Downstairs, two
blocks to beach, clean, no pets. $1,050/month. Avail-
able now. First, last, security. (941) 725-0578.
THE "CASTLE ON Beach Avenue" Anna Maria. El-
egant 4BR/3BA French Normandy home, two
houses from beach on quiet street. Available May
2005-2006. Inquire (941) 794-8202.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 3BR/2BA home on Bimini Bay
with dock, $1,400/month; 3BR/2BA Northwest
Bradenton home, $1,250/month; 2BR/2BA Gulffront
condo, $2,000/month. Call Fran Maxon Real Estate
(941) 778-2307 for details.
BRADENTON BEACH fully furnished condos on
canal. One mile from the beach. Available March,
seasonal rates. Call (941) 929-7165.
NOW BOOKING 2006 monthly winter season:.
Brand new house, 107 Magnolia Ave., west of Gulf
Drive, 150 feet from beach, nonsmoking, 3BR/2BA,
elevator. Call (800) 828-8116, ext. 212.
ANNUAL OR SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1BA, two
blocks to beach. $900/month, annual. Includes
cable, water, sewer, trash. Seasonal, $700/week.
(941) 778-0714 or 730-6349.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED: SANDPIPER Resort,
charming renovation, 2BR/1.5BA, steps to beach,
bay and trolley. No pets, nonsmoking. $850/month,
plus security. (941) 778-0029.
WANTED: BEACHFRONT VACATION rental from
March 25, 2005, to April 2, 2005. Must be
beachfront. Condo, motel, bed & breakfast, etc.
Phone: 001-49-7231-298688, Germany, or e-mail
NORTHERN TIP ANNA Maria: 2BR/1BA duplex
with screened-in porch, fenced-in back yard. Dogs
welcome. Laundry, large patio. Two blocks to bay
and fishing with your grandchildren at the Rod &
Reel Pier. Available March 5.. (631) 891-8855 or
(941) 779-0402. Seasonal rental.
SEASONAL: 2BR/1BA FURNISHED mobile home,
one mile to beach. New carpet and paint. $1,100/
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY in Holmes Beach. $500/
month including utilities. First and security. (941)
778-6541 or 504-3844.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA single-lamily home
in northwest Bradenton, $1,150 ronth: 3BR 2BA
single-family canal home, $1,600/month; 1BR/1BA
half duplex, one house to beach, $775/month; i BR/
1BA newly remodeled unit on water,. $700 month;
Perico Bay Club, 2BR/2BA bayfront cbndo, $1,400/
month; 2BR/2BA Sarasota bayyiew condo, $2.500'
month; Renaissance condo 1 BR/1 BA eighth'floor in
Sarasota, $1,150/month. Call Island Real Estate,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, two blocks to beach,
one block to bay. New tile and countertops. Avail-
able now! (941) 726-2566 or 928-3880.
WEEKLY RENTALS: SAN Remo condo, 1BR/1BA,
$500/week; Alecassandra villa, 1 BR/1 BA, $700/week;
island duplex, 2BR, $800/week; Northwest Bradenton
home, 3BR/3BA, $950/week; Gulffront cottage, 2BR,
$1,000/week; Bradenton Beach Club, 2BR/2BA,
$1,400/week. Please call Cristin Curl at Wagner Re-
alty, (941) 778-2246. www.wagnerrealty.com.
ANNUAL: 2BR/1 BA, two blocks to beach, one block
to bay. Large kitchen, no pets. $755/month, plus
utilities. Call (941) 922-2473 or 928-3880.
PERICO BAY CLUB Villa: Available March 1. Two-
car garage, nicely furnished, sunny end unit. Call
owner, (941) 387-9702.
2005-06 SEASONAL RENTAL. 200 feet to Rod &
Reel Pier. 2BR/1BA ground floor, fully furnished
apartment with all amenities. Nonsmoking, no pets.
$1,500/month, November to April, minimum four
months. Off season, $1,000/month, all dates open.
ELEVATED SINGLE-FAMILY annual 2BR/2BA
-with FPL. Greatroom, new carpet, paint, bay view,
beach, garage, clean dry storage. $1,200/month.
RNALS Cntnud- RAL SATECotiue
SEASONAL HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA with lanai
and laundry. Available weekly or monthly beginning
April 1,2005. Steps to beach, nicely decorated. Accept-
ing reservations. (941) 778-8598.
SEASONAL RENTAL: WATERFRONT, bay views,
boat dock, 2BR/1BA condo. Ground floor from $630/
week. www.visitannamaria.com. (407) 877-8788.
GULF DRIVE: STEPS to beach. Large 1BR/2BA,
washer/dryer, kitchen, television, cable, courtyard.
No, pool. $1,995/month, $595/week.
www.gulfdriveapartments.com or (941) 778-1098.
SEASONAL RENTALS: WEEKLY and monthly.
Availability now through 2006. Duncan Real Estate,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. (941) 778-3875. Web site
WATERFRONT HOMES and lots: bay lot,
$559,000; one near tip lot, $459,000; three homes
from $349,000, all seawalled, deep water, no
bridges. Also, bayfront tip lot and direct bayfront top-
floor penthouse flagship condo. (570) 943-2516.
LOT IN CITY of ANNA Maria. By owner. One block
to Gulf beach. 52 by 145 sf. $399,000. Brokers pro-
tected. (941) 739-1882.
HALF-DUPLEX IN desirable Seaside Gardens sub-
division, two blocks from Gulf beaches. 2BR/2BA
turnkey furnished. New bathrooms, new interior and
exterior paint. New large deck in backyard.
$299,000. For sale by owner, call (941) 705-0123.
FOR SALE: One owner, 2BR/2BA elevated home.
317 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. $569,000. (941)
HOUSE FOR SALE: Northwest Bradenton, 3BR/
2BA with den, two-car garage, swimming pool. Ask-
ing $296,000. Ruth or Greg, (941) 761-3053.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON River Ridge: Taste-
fully decorated Florida-style home with custom fea-
tures, including stainless appliances and granite
counters with marble fireplace. Flooring is tile, wood
and carpet. Pool and spa electronically controlled to
heat with either gas or electric. Full security system
is active. Beautifully landscaped with fruit trees. Par-
tiallv furnished with occupancy negotiable.
INVESTORS: OUTSTANDING incomepotential!
Positive cash flow. Beautifully renovated five/six
units. Hottest appreciating area on Gulfcoast! Steps
to Gulf and village. www.pantour.com/
bradentonbeach. Won't last! $1,295,000. Owner
BY OWNER: Westbay Point & Moorings, exceptional
2BR/2BA condo. Newly updated end unit. Call (941)
BEST WATERFRONT Buy on Key Royale. Very
clean 3BR/2BA, sailboat water, boat dock and dav-
its. Lot size 10,324 sf. Fantastic opportunity! Broker/
owner, $699,000. (941) 228-6086.
WATERFRONT HOME- 3BR/2BA. Not necessary to
tear this one down! 6601 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. (941) 725-4488.
BRADENTON BEACH DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, each
level with parking underneath. Views of Gulf and bay
from large covered balconies. This property has
great investment potential. Top floor has wood ca-
thedral ceilings, open-floor plan, tile and oak flooring.
$795,000. (941) 778-3875..
HOLMES BEACH: Sale by owner. 2,880 sf, 3BR/
2BA, very private, designer pool and spa. Tropical
landscaping. Principles only. (941) 778-0031.
FOR SALE: TRAILER, Bradenton Beach. Josie
(941) 778-3752, or Jack 713-1498.
FOR SALE: Longboat Key weekend getaway/rental.
55-plus resident-owned mobile home park. Private
Gulf, bay marina. Reduced from $164,900 to-
$157,000. Call (941) 383-0096, e-mail
OPEN HOUSE: Perico Bay Club; Jasmin model, end
unit for sale by owner. Open 1-4pm Wednesday,
March 2; Sunday, March 6; Wednesday, March 9.
837 Waterside Lane. Call (941) 761-1978.
BIG LOT: Duplex 9,400 gf, 85x110 feet. 2BR/2BA
at 308 63rd St. $650,000. (941) 737-1121 or (800)
HOLMES BEACH 100x50 Avenue C lot. Zoned
residential, commercial possibilities. Quiet, pri-
vate. Serious principles only. $299,000, offer.
OUTSTANDING GULFSIDE RESORT property!
.Positive cash flow! 5/6 units, excellent location.
www.pantour.com/bradentonbeach. Won't last!
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17 CABINS NEAR Pigeon Forge, Tenn., selling at
auction March 12, 10:30am. Guaranteed financing
available with 25 percent down. Furrow Auction Co.
(800) 4FURROW, www.furrow.com. TN Lic. #62.
AUCTION: 855 +/- acres, divided beautiful
homesites, excellent development-potential. 10am
March 12, Romeo, (Ocala), FL. 10-percent BP. (800)
323-8388 www.rowellauctions.coin. Rowell Realty &
Auction Co. Inc. Au479, Ab296.
GIGANTIC THREE-DAY Auction. March 9, 10, 11.
Montgomery, AL. Single, tandem, tri-axle dumps (49 of
which are 2004-2005 year). Truck tractors, cowboys,
crawler loaders, tractors, excavators, motor graders
and scrapers, backhoes, rubber-tired loaders, forklifts,
paving, skidders, Feller Bunchers, log loaders, farm
tractors, cotton pickers. J.M. Wood Auction Co. Inc.
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NORTH CAROLINA Mountains: 2.3 acres with new
log cabin shell in secluded setting, $89,900. Acreage
available with stunning.mountain views! Free info
available. (828) 247-0081.
SKey Royale $588,000
Immaculate and tastefully updated 3BR/2BA home with new overhead-
plumbing, new windows, new storm shutters, and new appliances. 36x18
heated, caged pool with jacuzzi. Lighted, maintenance-free landscaping.
Call Piroska Planck 941-730-9667
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ments. Cherokee Mountain Realty, GMAC Real Estate,
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free brochure (800) 841-5868.
IRS AUCTIONS: 200-plus acres Waycross, GA. has
large home, steel building, planted pines and hunt-
ing land. TOam March 18. Ware County Courthouse.
ww.wustreas.gov/auctions/irs or (850) 445-4625 for
KENTUCKY 50-1,000 acres. Incredible trophy deer,
turkey hunting. Some with lakes, creeks, rivers,
ponds, timber. Great retreat/investment. New sur-
vey, starting $795/acre. Owner will finance. (270)
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA area. Spectacular
Mountain view and river homesites. Paved roads, club-
house and more. New release! Homesites from $49,900.
Bear River community. Call now (866) 411-5263.
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN $29,900. Free boat slip! High
elevation, beautifully wooded parcel. Across from
national forest on 35,000-acre recreational lake in
Tennessee. Paved roads, underground utilities, cen-
tral water, sewer, more. Excellent financing. Call
now (800) 704-3154, ext. 609. Sunset Bay LLC.
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land since 1992.
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'BR/2BA on canal with peak
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BAYFRONT DUPLEX! Serene location on Sarasota Bay
with gorgeous views! 3BR/3BA and IBR/IBA with two boat docks
and vacant lot on bay! Great for second home or investment!
TRIPLEX STEPS TO BEACH! Super investment or second home
with rentals. 3BR/IBA, 2BR/1BA and IBR/IBA. Tile, wood floors,
new air conditioner, cabinets, decks and stairs. Partially furnished!
Owner/agent. Asking $589,000, $40,000 b i.:-.. l:f.p;ipical.
Deborah Thrasher RE/MAX Excellence .
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FORECLOSED GOVERNMENT HOMES $0 or low
down! Tax repos and bankruptcies! No Credit OK. $0
to low down. For .listings (800) 501-1777, ext.
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wooded, water access and marshfront homesites.
Ancient live oaks, pool, tennis, golf. Water access.
From $64,900. Pre-construction discounts.
www.cooperspoint.com (877) 266-7376.
LAKE VIEW BARGAIN! Two acres ,$19,900. New wa-
terfront community on one of largest, cleanest, moun-
tain lakes in America! Hardwoods, views, common area
with beach! Country road, water, utilities. Low financing.
Lakefront available. Call (800) 564-5092, ext. 96.
NEW LOG HOME shell: $99,900. Beautiful log home
nestled on private wooded lot off Blue Ridge Parkway
north of Boone. Only one! (800) 455-1981, ext. 125.
NORTH CAROLINA lakefront only $39,900. Great
all-sports lake to fish, boat, swim or just relax. Call
for details (866) 920-5263. MLC
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Beautiful ceramic tile throughout this breezy center. Zoned PRM $320,000. Call Cindy lot on the 10th fairway. Beautifully upgraded
floorplan. Kitchens and baths newly updated, Grazar at 778-4800 or 504-6176. tray ceiling. Corian counters and Merrillat
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1 BA condo,- y updated last year, ready to use makes this spacious Longboat Key home an Is-
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cony ove i Comes fumished, ready to perfect for families who never seem to have
move in. rentals allowed. Resort atmo- enough space. 6BR/5BA home is nestled on rare
sphere, close e beach. $325,000. Call Denny half acre lot on one of the most romantic streets
Rauschl at 7.3934. on the Island. Many amenities. A steal at
$1,695,000. Call Cindy Grazer at 504-6176.
wood cabinets enhance the model home fea-
tures already available in this home.
$374,900. Call Cindy Grazar 504-6176.
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BOATER'S DREAM One of the few units with
water view and 42-foot boat dock. All new gran-
ite counter tops, 10-foot high ceilings, trimmed
with crown molding. Florida pastel paints through-
out. Lots of extra storage too. $699,000: Call
Quentin Talbert at 778-4800.
Gayle Simson Schulz...
has these fabulous seasonal and
S vacation properties available for
Sen Holmes Beach
2BR/2BA Martinique Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,300. ,
3BR/2BA Key Royal Canal Home, $3,000.
2BR/2BA Gulf Sands Condo, Gulffront,
heated pool, $3,000.
2BR/2BA Ground-level'duplex with heated pool, steps to the beach, $2,800.
2BR/2BA Ground-level house, close to the.beach, $2,500.
2BR/2BA Ironwood Condo with pool, tennis, on golf course. $1,900.
2BR/2BA Condo, close to Bradenton Beach, $1,500.
3BR/2BA Condo in Pebble Springs, pool. S950/month plus utilities."
Jim Anderson Realty Company
PO Box 1789 401-B Pine Avenue Anna Maria, FL 34216
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
www. ima nd person realty. com
emai : j i m s r e altyco@ a o l.com
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SUTTON GROUP REALTY
VERY NICELY REMODELED DUPLEX IN HOLMES BEACH
.;:' Concrete block, with new
air conditioning and kitch-
ens. 2BR/1BA each side
i' i' with bright interiors, con-
venient to everything.
:4 Priced reduced won't
last at $560,000.
Great Island Opportunities!
SUNSET VILLAS, TWO BUILDINGS
TWO UNITS, each with 2 BEDROOMS AND 1 BATH,
TWO UNITS, each with 1 BEDROOM AND 1 BATH, TURNKEY.
Well-maintained concrete-block duplexes sitting on two
prime lots, just steps to beach. Zoned multifamily 3-10
units. (Presently only four are on property.) Good rental
history. Quiet, high-and-dry street in Holmes Beach.
Community laundry area. Large covered patio allows for
outside entertaining. Priced Reduced $995,000.
Anne Hither, Realtor (941) 713-9835
THE ISLANDER MAR. 2, 2005 M PAGE 39
Ironwood: Beautifully furnished 1-2BR/
1BA condo. Secure second floor with el-
evator. Heated pool, clubhouse and golf
course. Quiet community, minutes to
shopping and Gulf beaches. $115,000.
Holmes Beach: Island home close to
beach and easy access to the Gulf. 2-
3BR/2BA. Well maintained and very
Enjoy the Good Life!
CALL TODAY FOR A PRIVATE SHOWING.
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STARTER HOME OR INVESTMENT PROP-
ERTY. Great little home with 2BR/1 .5BA on
a large lot with many fruit trees Includes a
large carport and a storage building.
$89,000. MLS# 505793.
QUAINT ISLAND COTTAGE: Cule inside,
new Berber carpet, new kitchen and apple,
ances a must seel Close to beaches or
enjoy the large screened porch and shady
back yard with room for a pool. $549,000
CUSTOM ISLAND DUPLEX Ihis unique
property has it all One side 2/I second side
3/3. Beautiful inside and out, with a healed
pool Drive by and lake a look $825 000.
VILLA SIENNA VILLA SORRENTO
4005 4TH AVE. 4003 4TH AVE.
4004 5TH AVE.
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4006 5TH AVE.
The Jewel in the crown completes the most successful residentiallinvestment development in the Island's history. Pre-construction prices with
permanent financing available for qualified buyers. These magnificierrt 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom Villas feature: expansive great rooms with fire-
places, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with granite finish, elevator and private swimming pool. A half block to public beach, restaurants,
boutiques and market with partial Gulf and bay views. $1,250.000.
No wonder i 34 y ears o
fiernatSial Rn Estae, ave
never had a property no. se'S.'
Geoffrey Wall, G.R.I. P.A.
to check us out onne at wwwsnder.org
GREAT 3BR/2BA HOME, open floor plan, LARG
.room for a pool, respa/hot tub i 2004. 2BR/
Great location close to schools, shopping care
and medical facilities. Many upgrades se .nishi
curry system new flooring & new appli sundc
ances $265 000 MILS 505613 5057
EXQUISITE PRIVATE RESIDENCES are brand BRAD
GREAT 3BR/2BA u nits with partial anull cure
room for a pool, ne, spa/hot tub In 2004. 2BR/
Great location close to leoonl, shopping carpet
Prices from $1 200 000 to $2,500 000 $795
LARGE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY on Anna SUCC
anr medical slacltos. Ma ny upgrades se- nish B
Rarely available Presently used as a car views
wash and system new floor chang new ppl aparnd
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ne..., 3BR/2 5BA units with partial and lull currel
,iev., of the Gull Completion earl, 2005 corpe
Price, from $1 200 000 to $2.500 000 $795
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LARGE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY on Anna SUCCI
Maria Island Many poiibllille>. Zoned C-3 tonc B
Rarely available Presentl, used as a car views
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$ 1 950 000. MLSa 5025541. for b,
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ULTIMATE BEACH- COTTAGE
One half block to bay and Gulf. Walk
to all the trendy restaurants and bou-
tiques. Room for pool.
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SPECTACULAR RENOVATION Localed on a
canal wilh pariial bay '.'iews ri_ designed
home wll lealure -EtR 4 5B.A A. grand lo;er is:.
one of many ameriihes Call ageri for detall-
Karen Day 778-2246 #503717 $1 500.00OO
ENJOY SUNSETS ON THE GULF Spec
lacular lull new of Ihe Gull from the liing
room of tini 2BR 2BA upsiair o .ndo Re-
,ently updated will neural lile. carpel Car-
port Two pools Jane Tinsworih. 761-3100
SNEAD ISLAND BAYFRONT This 3BR 2BA
horre has an Lunobtlrur:l ed ierc rTl Terra Cela
Ba., Biu: toa doci, .kand. tnea an.h d all appli-
nces Irmmaculale" Da.id To.r 7. .2-224
s50'5607 $1 250.000
GULFFRONT Fully lurnisri-ed BR leAc:ondco
willth libulijus gull '.Irew i: n qu.eiti area .
Holmes Beac:r Lrinit rernoa3d, wir, newi
kitcrern applarnces, le llr:.r .and .air c:nr.ii.
ic.ning Da'.e r.lovnrhan 778-. LJ n i4022
BIMINI BAY VISTA Sensalional \,iew ol Bimini
Bay Pristine home leaiures lanai wiih p,:,,l
1UpdaCIl.e Ihrrugh,:ul Deep waiEr dcl,.,:.n g l..r
multiple boats Karen Da,.776-22464 #E5.023-?.
GULFFRONT CONDO 1BR 1BA alire.:llv or,
irh re.-ra Tcuiai,' remcdelejd ceram.: lil,.
.:r:..wr, mnoIding. rnir central air rio rernal .re-
lri.:rti ,n B ll,' Arnd.: l.' 761 3100 #i. 01351
.424 900 u
ANNA MARIA ISLAND CLUB Beauluiluli
de: cared .BR 2BA beachironi condo Waicn
ihe sunsrei- and dcolprins: arnd listen lt irhe
wa.es Owner agent Frank BasIe 778-.2246
RUNAWAY BAY 2BA/2BA on Gull Drive All
new appliances in k.itcr-n. new A C and wa-
er nreaier Ni.::e lake tiew plus intracoasial
Don I wail lhis one will sell Harold Small
778-2246 #50454 3 S399.500
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